Mother’s Day: Exploring origins and significance

TANZANIA: Today, Tanzania joins the rest of the world in marking Mother’s Day, a day celebrated annually on the second Sunday of each May.

Although this is one of the colorful celebrations commemorated by women all over the world, honoring the mother’s role in the family, nation, continent, and the world at large, it is an important day used to unveil various challenges facing the group and find solutions to address them.

As the day is specifically dedicated to mothers around the globe, the history of the celebrations was initially marked in ancient times, where festivals to honor mothers were often tied to gods and goddesses and maternal symbols of fertility, birth, creativity, and growth cycles.

The mother is the protector and important person not only because they play production role but also reproductive role, and, by extension, of all humanity, and for these reasons, on this special day of Mother’s Day, many people show their appreciation towards mothers and mother figures worldwide.

Mother’s Day was established or founded by a woman named Anna Jarvis from the United States, with the first official Mother’s Day celebrated through a service of worship at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, on May 10, 1908.

According to information from various sources, Anna Maria Jarvis’s mother had frequently expressed a desire to establish such a day by organizing women’s groups to promote friendship and health. After her death, Jarvis led the movement for the commemoration, and the first Mother’s Day was held on May 12, 1907, as she held a memorial service at her late mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia.

Popular observances include holiday card and gift-giving, churchgoing often accompanied by the distribution of carnations, and family dinners.

Within five years, virtually every state was observing the day, and in 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday, gradually spreading all over the world.

And here today, in Tanzania, women are all ready to celebrate it with matching clothes, special Sunday services, and hanging out together.

It’s also a moment for men to express their feelings towards motherhood and the value of a mother in society.

Benedict Valcarcel, a Sierra Leone citizen in a conversation with Daily News online reporter, noted that Mother’s Day is worth celebrating, adding that mothers are a pillar of support who make all things equal when they get tough.

“Mothers are tender, soft, and sometimes the cushion of all things. A mother is a pillar of support; she makes all things equal when things get tough by catering, caring, cleaning, cooking, and passing on taught to foster discipline and respect in all she does. That’s a mother!! A mother can take the place of teddy bears, warm and always there to cuddle and embrace each member of her family with love!” he stated.

He adds: “We can’t express everything in a day, but we just want to say happy and blessed Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the world!!”

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