Mother’s Day – a day for many people to show their appreciation towards mothers earth wide. It is an annual event and depending on the country is held at different dates in the calendar. In many countries, such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the Philippines Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday of the month May (Sundays are usually non-school and non-working days in these countries).
There are so many different ways to celebrate the Mother’s Day. They include (but are not limited to):
▪ Giving cards and/or flowers, and eventually even cakes.
▪ Family gatherings or visits.
▪ Families sitting together for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and dinners – either at home, at a nice café or at a restaurant.
▪ Making personal phone calls, most of children who live away from their mothers.
▪ Mother’s Day inspired poems and messages.
▪ Gifts also are common, like chocolates, clothing and accessories, tools or hobby equipment, handmade items, or gift vouchers.
▪ Spending a day at the movies with the mother.
Mother’s Day is celebrated in other countries, including China where carnations are a popular Mother’s Day present. And in Samoa, some groups organize elaborate song with dance performances throughout the whole country. They celebrate the contributions that mothers a big part to build the Samoan society.
Some history fact
According to some sources, the early celebration of the Mother’s Day can be dated back to the spring celebrations of honoring Rhea (the Mother of the Gods) in the ancient Greek civilization. Then later, Mothering Sunday – in the United Kingdom – was traditionally a day for people to visit the church where they were baptized, nowadays known as a celebrate of motherhood.
Modern-day origins of Mother’s Day:
- Julia Ward Howe try’s to establish this tradition in the United States. Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called out for Mother’s Day to be celebrated each year. For about 10 years under her sponsorship, it continued to be held in Boston. Unfortunately died out after that.
- Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated in Albion, Michigan in the late 1800s the Mother’s Day. Her sons paid tribute to her and urged others to honor their mothers each year.
- In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private celebration in memory of her mother (Mother’s Day) in Grafton, West Virginia. And 1908, she played a key role in arranging a special church service that attracted totally 407 children and their mothers.
- In 1912, a Mother’s Day International Association was founded to promote the new holiday in other countries.
Since then, the Mother’s Day has grown increasingly popular.
Many people believe (probably justified) that Mother’s Day is these days largely commercialized (card companies and flower shops, gift shops and jewelry stores, restaurants and hotels, department stores advertising their promotions and special deals). Back in the 1900s, Anna Jarvis unsuccessfully filed a lawsuit for stopping the over-commercialization of Mother’s Day.
Surely MIFUNE Japanese Restaurant would be happy to serve you on this special day when you pay tribute to your beloved mother. And we like to offer your mother a fine (for free) dessert after her lunch or dinner: a “Coupe Denmark“. It’s a special ice cream dessert from Europe: vanilla ice cream with whipped cream. And your mother will pour over her dessert with a melted hot chocolate sauce…
Wherever you’ll celebrate the Mother’s Day – MIFUNE team wishes you, your families and YOUR Mother an exciting and wonderful Sunday!!!