Mother's Day is a time to celebrate the women in our lives who have nurtured and loved us, guided us through difficult times, taught us how to believe in ourselves, and had the courage to let us find our own way in the world. It's also a time to offer love, support and appreciation of all the new mother's feeling their way into motherhood through sleepless nights, milestones, first days of school and all the highs, lows, laughter and exhaustion that parenting brings. Whether you are a mother, step-mother, foster mother, fur-baby mother, angel baby mother, or mother-to-be, we salute you and say HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
MOTHER'S DAY IN AUSTRALIA
In Australia, like America, we celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. In 2021 that's Sunday May 9. Other cultures around the world celebrate at different times of the year. In much of Europe Mother's Day is celebrated in Spring (usually the fourth Sunday of Lent) as this aligns with the Christian celebration of Mothering Sunday, which honoured 'Mother Church' and the mother of Christ rather than familial mothers.
March is also a time in the northern hemisphere when lots of Spring babies are born – lambs, chicks, calves etc ... so very apt!
In other countries mothers may be recognised in different celebrations based on traditional religious days. In Bolivia, Mother's Day honours The Bolivian War Of Independence when women famously went into battle alongside their men! The tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mother's Day is said to have been started by an Australian woman, Janet Heyden, from Sydney. In 1924 Janet started an annual newspaper campaign to collect gifts for lonely aged mothers and those who had lost their husbands and children in the Great War of 1914 to 1918. Gifts poured in from the local community, and every year for the next seven years the Mayor of Leichhardt would drive Mrs Heyden around the district with her parcels of gifts for the lonely forgotten mothers. A beautiful gesture. HOW MOTHER'S DAY BEGAN Although no-one can be 100% sure how the original idea behind Mother's Day began, it's believed that the modern Mother's Day as we know it began as a peaceful movement to end all wars following the American Civil War of 1861-1865. As a mother, your aim is to nurture your child and have them outlive you, and wars are very much contrary to that natural instinct, so in 1870 American writer Julia Ward Howe called for women all over the world to unite and bring peace. This call later became known as the Mother's Day Proclamation, and a proposal was put forward for a 'Mothers Day For Peace' to be held every year in June. (Ahhhh peace! What every mother yearns for!).