2022 Mother’s Day — Show Thanks and Love to Our Mother
The second Sunday in May every year is Mother’s Day in China and some countries; at the same time, May 8 every year is also identified as World Smile Day, which is the only festival celebrating human behavior and expressions, and this day will change. It is very warm, and in smiling to others, you will also see the world smile to yourself.
A festival for mother
Mother’s Day originated in ancient Greece and spread to England in the mid-17th century. Modern Mother’s Day was advocated and promoted by Ms. Julia Ward and the mother and daughter of Jarvis in the United States. In 1914, the then President of the United States, President Thomas Wilson, declared the second Sunday in May every year as Mother’s Day. Official national holiday. Send flowers to mothers on Mother’s Day, usually carnations, because this is the favorite flower of Jarvis’ mother during her lifetime, and it is also a symbol of Mother’s Day.
Although many countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day, people don’t all celebrate on the same day: many countries, including the United States, Italy, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, and Japan, choose to celebrate on the second Sunday in May; Mother’s Day in France is the last Sunday in May; in the UK it is on the fourth Sunday of Lent; in Thailand it is August 12; in Portugal and Indonesia it is December 8 and 22 respectively; Mother’s Day in the Arab region falls on March 21, the “spring equinox”.
American Mother’s Day is not International Mother’s Day
American Mother’s Day is a product of American culture. Mrs. Jarvis, who first proposed this idea, was the director of the Grafton City Church Sunday School. After the American Civil War, she was in charge of the American Memorial Day curriculum in the school, telling the stories of heroes who died in the American Civil War. She proposed that a Mother’s Day should be established to comfort mothers who have contributed heroic soldiers to the country. She died before her wish was fulfilled. Her daughter Anna M. Jarvis was unmarried and accompanied her mother all the time. Her mother died in 1905. Since 1907, she officially initiated the creation of Mother’s Day in the United States for her mother’s last wish. With the support of the church and the church, the commemoration of her mother was combined with church ceremonies and was held in the church on the second Sunday in May. After seven years of hard work, in 1914 U.S. President Wilson announced that Mother’s Day would be the second Christian Sunday in May.
It can be seen that Mother’s Day in the United States has an indissoluble bond with American history and American religion, and has a distinct imprint of American culture. When most countries in the world do not have their own Mother’s Day, with the promotion of a strong culture, some people follow the American Mother’s Day, but the American Mother’s Day is far from “world’s”. European culture is closely related to American culture, but many European countries still have their own Mother’s Day. France only established Mother’s Day in 1928, and it did not follow the existing American Mother’s Day, but set it on the last Sunday in May; Portugal , Spain, Sweden, Hungary, etc. have not followed the United States. In the Americas, Nicaragua is on May 30 and Argentina is on the second Sunday in October. In Africa, Egypt, South Africa, and the Central African Republic have their own Mother’s Day. Asian countries such as Indonesia, South Korea, India, Lebanon, etc. did not follow the United States. Thailand declared August 12 as its own Mother’s Day in 1976. Most countries in the Arab region observe the “Spring Equinox” on March 21 as Mother’s Day, rooted in their own culture.
According to incomplete statistics, more than 40 countries in the world have established their own Mother’s Day. No international organization has declared Mother’s Day in the United States “International Mother’s Day.”
Celebration of Mother’s Day all over the world
The Netherlands: a hearty breakfast in bed
In the Netherlands, mothers usually get up early to cook breakfast for the whole family. But on the morning of Mother’s Day in May, mother not only does not have to get up early, but can also enjoy a breakfast specially prepared for her in bed by the children.
The night before Mother’s Day, the children repeatedly told their mothers: “Don’t get up tomorrow morning (before the appointment time).”
The next morning, knocking on the door and singing will sound outside the door on time, and the aroma of the rich breakfast will come in from the crack of the door and float to the front of my mother’s bed.
The children then bring their breakfast to the bedside on beautiful plates. The happy mother can see at this time, what delicious food have the children prepared for themselves? Wow! There are toast, eggs, fruit, and milk tea!
North Korea: ‘a major political event’
Since 2012, Mother’s Day has been celebrated on November 16 every year. Previously, North Korea had celebrated Mother’s Day three times irregularly in 1961, 1998 and 2005.
North Korean mainstream media began to exaggerate the joyous atmosphere of Mother’s Day one month before Mother’s Day, and praised the “heroic mother who devoted her youth and cultivated talents to the construction of a dangerous country” with the strength of the whole society.
Usually, Mother’s Day is dedicated to one’s own mother, while Mother’s Day in North Korea is dedicated to the whole society, country and party. During Mother’s Day, all the news and topics revolve around this, and the whole country celebrates it together, and there is no current event more important than this. “This is a major political event in the whole country, and it is a song for the Mother Party.” On November 16, 2012, North Korea held the Fourth National Mothers Conference.
South Korea: We celebrate “Parents’ Day”
Just as the Western Mother’s Day is approaching, South Korea has just finished celebrating its own unique statutory holiday “Parents’ Day”.
As the name suggests, “Parents’ Day” is a holiday set up throughout the year to give special thanks to parents. As early as 1956, South Korea set May 8 as the country’s “Mother’s Day”. However, over the years, whenever people express their gratitude to their mothers, they do not forget to thank their fathers. To this end, since 1973, this day has been officially changed to “Parents’ Day”, and it has continued to this day, becoming a very important holiday in Korea.
On “Parents’ Day”, children usually make greeting cards for their parents, prepare flowers, and send a gift to express their affection. Of course, the most important thing is to accompany their parents to show their filial piety.
If they visit their parents on the same day, the children must first bow to their parents, that is, the traditional Korean “kneeling ceremony”. After the ceremony, flowers and gifts are given, and then they sit around their parents to receive teachings, such as some traditional ideas of respecting the elderly and caring for the young and some traditional etiquette culture.
Today, in order to further cultivate the filial piety of the next generation and inherit the fine tradition of filial piety, righteousness, loyalty and filial piety, many schools in South Korea even carry out a variety of filial piety activities, including organizing students to wash their parents’ feet. However, parents said that they are more looking forward to a caring word and a caring look from their children than material giving.
Originally published at https://www.tlw.com.