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Happy Mother’s Day 2017: When is it celebrated in India; history, celebrations and facts you should know

Every year, Mother's Day is observed around the world with much affection and adulation.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 14, 2017 10:13 am
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She nurtures her little ones in her womb and devotes all her life to their well being. In return for her selfless love, she expects nothing. Truly, mothers are God’s angels on earth and the greatest teacher of kindness and compassion for all of us, isn’t she?

When was the last time you told your mom how much she means to you? A single day isn’t enough to express how you feel but you can always make it special. Every year, Mother’s Day is observed around the world with much affection and adulation. This year, in India, it’s all set to be observed on Sunday, May 14.

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HISTORY

The custom of celebrating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May was first adopted by United States. Many other countries then followed suit. Anna Jarvis first held a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognised holiday in the United States in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. The day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. The church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

However, there are several other nations that have associated the day with older traditions. Keeping alive the memory of Mother Church, not motherhood on Christian Mothering Sunday — Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of March in United Kingdom and Ireland even though it is not related to the spirit of expressing love for moms.

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In Greece, honouring motherhood has been linked to the Eastern Orthodox celebration of the presentation of Jesus Christ to the temple. The day is marked on February 2, according to the Julian calendar.

In most Arab countries, the celebrations of Mother’s Day are carried out on March 21, which is the Spring equinox. A few Catholic countries observe it on the Virgin Mary Day, and in Bolivia, Mother’s Day is the date of a battle in which women participated. Moreover, ex-communist countries celebrate International Women’s Day instead of Mother’s Day. In Russia, people still follow the custom or observe both the days as Mother’s Day.

No matter what day may have been adopted by your nation, sharing your sentiments does not need a specific day. Every day can be Mother’s Day!

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    mrlavalava
    May 16, 2017 at 1:29 am
    " Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of March in United Kingdom and Ireland even though it is not related to the spirit of expressing love for moms." What? no thats completely wrong , its totally about Mums and sod all to do with the church ,you need to up your research game mate..
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      zel
      May 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm
      Thank you for the awesome message :-) The deal is none of us is ever prepared for what it will be like but hold on the most amazing ride is coming :-) I've covered what to pack in your hospital bag if any mommies are interested xoxo lots of love. Hospital bag for baby. What to pack for a birth? s: mommyandme365.
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        Md mosaraf
        May 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm
        Dhaka bangladesh
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          FROM SHIVANAND BASAPPA KHANAGOUD
          May 14, 2017 at 12:10 pm
          HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FROM SHIVANAND
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            paramesh kathi
            May 14, 2017 at 11:15 am
            i love my mom happy mother's day i miss my mom lot
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