New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Happy Mother's Day to all our hard-working mothers! May 8 annually is celebrated as Mother's Day across the globe. The day is observed on the second Sunday of May every year. The day acknowledges the love, care, and sacrifice a mother takes upon her child. On this day, children tend to go the extra mile in order to make their moms feel special and happy. The day serves as a gesture to pay gratitude to the mothers who play different roles in the lives of people around them.

From being a parent, a sister, a daughter, a friend, and a wife, to the endless relations in society, mothers bear the responsibility of holding on to family and nurturing it. As mother's day is just around the corner here's all you need to know about this wonderful day.

When is mother's day?

Mother's Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 8. It is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of May month.

Mother's Day history

Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908. It was celebrated by a woman named Anna Jarvis who held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. The woman also started a campaign in 1905 seeking the recognition of Mother’s Day as a holiday in the United States, when her mother died. Her request was initially declined, however, after 6 years by 1911, the US started observing Mother's Day as a holiday. In 1941, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in the month of May as a national holiday to honour mothers.

Significance of Mother's Day

The day holds significance as it celebrates the existence of mothers and appreciates all they do for their children. It honors the mothers, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. The day is meant to make mothers feel special and loved.

Diet tips for breastfeeding mothers

"Breastfeeding mothers generally need more calories to meet their nutritional needs. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is very important for lactating mothers. It not only ensures the physical health and nutrition of mothers but also supports the production of breast milk. Exclusively breastfed baby depends on the mother for all nutrient requirements. Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. There is no need for a special diet but to simply focus on making healthy choices. This will not only ensure the right start in life for the infant, in addition, but both mother and baby will also reap the rewards in the long run," said Dr Vinod Kumar Anand, Save the Children, Senior Consultant - Health.

Posted By: Sugandha Jha