The exact day of Mother’s Day and why it changes every year
As International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world through online events and campaigns, some people are being reminded that Mother’s Day isn’t too far away either.
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As International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world, people are being reminded that Mother’s Day is also looming.
Believe it or not, some people seem to confuse the two when they are reminded of the impact of women’s achievements across the centuries and that there is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality.
With the focus of the day on this, it’s no wonder some people have been reminded that Mother’s Sunday is right around the corner, as people are eager to show their appreciation for their mothers and all that they do. she did for them.
So when is Mother’s Day?
When is Mother’s Day?
This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, March 27.
The term “Mother’s Day” technically means the day dedicated to celebrating mums everywhere, whereas Mother’s Sunday tended to refer to a Christian tradition that began in the 16th century where people visited the church in which they had grown up or were baptized.
The dates for the next few years are as follows:
- 2023 – March 19
- 2024 – March 10
- 2025 – March 30
- 2026 – March 16
Why is the date of Mother’s Day changing?
The celebration falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent and the date changes according to Easter and the Christian calendar.
Easter and Lent change every year depending on the cycle of the moon and mean that Easter Sunday can be any Sunday between March 22 and April 25
Mother’s Day should not be confused with the day in the United States, which falls in May and has various sources that have contributed to its establishment.
Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?
There are various reasons why we celebrate Mother’s Day, but now it is seen as a chance to be grateful to our mother for all she has done for us over the years.
Until recently, it was more commonly known as “Mother’s Sunday”.
There were ancient Greek festivals that also celebrated motherhood in honor of their god Rhea and festivals were held by the Romans as well, so the tradition is nothing new.
In Europe and the UK, a special service would see people return to their ‘mother church’ during Lent.
As with other Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, the day has become a secular and heavily commercialized tradition.
In the United States, abolitionist and suffragist Julia Ward Howe established Mothers’ Friendship Day in the aftermath of the American Civil War in 1868 to promote reconciliation with mothers of Union troops and Confederates.
In fact, Anna Jarvis, who lobbied for the idea of Mother’s Day being celebrated in the United States as part of the national calendar, ultimately criticized the commercialization of the day and lobbied for it to be scrapped. .
Jarvis was the daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, who started work clubs for moms to get together.
Anna had originally campaigned for it to be part of the national calendar, and President Woodrow Wilson officially added it in 1914.