Mother's Day 2020: Why it's celebrated on second Sunday of May every year?
New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Every year we celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May to honors the Mothers of this world for the unconditional love, adoration and indispensable affection they bestow upon their children, and try to make them live this day to the fullest. Though, Mother's Day 2020 is going to be different as much of the world is placed inside homes due to lockdown in-place to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in West Virgina, USA in 1908, when a school teacher Anna Jarvis organised a Memorial Service at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church commemorating the immaculate contribution of her mother in her life, three years after she had passed away in 1905.
Anna Jarvis made a case for making ‘Mother’s Day’ a national holiday all over America. Then, during First World War (1914-1919) she created a Mother’s day club to address the health issues of wounded soldiers.
In 1917, nine years after Anna Jarvis first pressed for making ‘Mother’s Day’ a national holiday, the then US President Woodrow Wilson signed an order and declared second Sunday of every May as a nationwide holiday in America – to be celebrated as Mother’s Day.
Since then, the second Sunday of May came to be celebrated as ‘Mother’s Day’ worldwide, and is currently celebrated in over 170 countries globally.
Though, Anna Jarvis was against the commercialization of this day, but, during her lifetime itself several card companies started selling printed cards. And over the years, Mother’s Day gradually became a highly commercialized holiday.
Though most of the countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, Russia celebrates both International Day for Women and Mother’s Day on the same date, on 8th of March every year.
Posted By: Talib Khan