Mother's Day: A Celebration of Love and Devotion

History and Origins of Mother's Day

  • Ancient Mother Worship:

Many peoples in ancient cultures had a tradition of worshipping Mother Goddesses, such as Hera in Greece, Semele in Rome and Isis in Egypt. These goddesses were seen as symbols of fertility, protection and blessing, and celebrations were held on specific dates to honour them.

  • Christian Mother's Day:

In Christianity, Mother's Day began as a day to celebrate the Virgin Mary. As early as the 16th century, some countries in Europe began celebrating Mother's Day on the fourth Sunday to honour the motherly love and sacrifice of the Virgin Mary.

  • Anna Best and Modern Mother's Day:

The origins of modern Mother's Day can be traced back to the late 19th century in the United States. Anna Best was a single mother who felt grateful for her deep love for her mother and her selfless devotion to her. Anna began to advocate for the creation of a special holiday to honour the love and sacrifice of mothers.In 1908, she successfully organised the first Mother's Day celebration in Grafton, West Virginia, which was subsequently replicated and celebrated across the United States.

  • The Legalisation and Internationalisation of Mother's Day:

As Mother's Day gained popularity in the United States, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially designated the second Sunday of May each year as Mother's Day. Since then, the celebration of Mother's Day has gradually spread to other countries and has gradually become an international holiday.

The Role and Value of Mothers

  • Importance of Mothers in the Family

1) Pillar and Stabiliser of the Family: mothers bear many important responsibilities in the family, such as taking care of family members, managing household chores and mediating family relations, etc. Their presence makes the family more stable and harmonious.

2) The First Teacher of Children: mothers are the earliest educators of their children, they teach their children to learn the qualities of kindness, strength and independence through words and example, which plays a vital role in the growth of their children.

  • Influence of Mothers on Children's Development

1) Emotional Support and Sense of Security: A mother's love and support can give children good emotional support and a sense of security, which helps them build self-confidence and independence.

2) Values and Behavioural Models: Mothers' words and teachings can have a profound impact on their children's values and behaviours, and they are the most important behavioural and thinking models for their children.

3) Emotional Intelligence Development: Mothers play a key role in the development of their children's emotional intelligence. Their understanding, support and guidance help their children develop healthy emotional expression and processing skills.

  • Selflessness and Dedication of Mother's Love

1) Selfless Love: mothers' love is the most selfless and they are willing to give everything for the happiness and growth of their children.

2) The Spirit of Dedication: the dedication of mothers is reflected in their selfless devotion to their families and children, a spirit that deserves our respect and gratitude.

3) Ability to Resolve Difficulties: when faced with various difficulties and challenges, mothers are often able to resolve problems with a strong and optimistic attitude, bringing strength and hope to their families.

Traditional Ways of Celebrating Mother's Day

The traditional ways of celebrating Mother's Day range from the warmth and care of family emotional expression to the prosperity and promotion of commercialisation and market activities, which together make up the diversity and richness of Mother's Day celebrations.

  • Flower Delivery, Gifts and Cards

1) Flowers: Flower delivery is one of the most common ways to celebrate Mother's Day, and flowers such as carnations and roses are usually chosen to express love and appreciation for mothers.

2) Gifts: People choose a variety of gifts such as jewellery, clothes, cosmetics etc. as a special gift for their mothers.

3) Cards: Mother's Day cards usually come with warm blessing phrases to express love and blessings to mothers, and are also a common form of gift.

  • Family Dinners and Celebrations

1) Family Dinners: Many families choose to celebrate Mother's Day by eating out together or preparing a special dinner at home.

2) Celebrations: Some families will arrange special celebrations such as picnics, amusement park trips, outdoor sports, etc. to add to the festive atmosphere and joy.

  • Commercialisation and Marketing Activities for Mother's Day

1) Promotional Activities: Businesses usually launch various promotional activities around Mother's Day, such as discounts and gifts, to attract consumers to buy gifts for their mothers.

2) Marketing Activities: Many brands and merchants also use marketing activities to attract customers, such as organising giveaways and holding Mother's Day-themed events to increase brand awareness and sales.

3) Social Welfare Activities: Some businesses will also support Mother's Day by donating a portion of their sales or organising public welfare activities to give back to society and enhance their corporate image.

The Meaning and Value of Mother's Day

  • Expressing Gratitude andLove for Mothers

1) Mothers are the Embodiment of Selflessness: Mother's Day is a special day that gives us the opportunity to express our gratitude for our mothers' selflessness and care, and to make them feel valued and important.

2) Returning our Mother's Love: A mother's love for her children is unconditional, and Mother's Day is a time for us to return our mother's love, and to reward her for her hard work and dedication with sincerity and care.

  • Promotes theImportance of Family and Affection

1) Family is the Warmest Harbour: Mother's Day reminds us of the importance of family, which is a warm harbour, a cradle for children's growth and a source of love and care.

2) The Preciousness of Affection: Mother's Day allows us to cherish affection more and understand how precious the emotional bond between loved ones is, so that we can care more about our family members and build more harmonious and fulfilling family relationships.

  • Promotes the Concept of Respecting and Caring for Mothers

1) Respect for Mothers' Dedication and Sacrifice: Mother's Day promotes respect for and gratitude to mothers for their dedication and sacrifice, so that we can pay more attention to the needs and feelings of mothers and respect their choices and decisions.

2) Caring for Mothers' Health and Happiness: Mother's Day is also a time to care for mothers' health and happiness, and we should pay more attention to mothers' physical health and psychological state so that they can lead a happy and joyful life.

The significance and value of Mother's Day is not only to express gratitude and love for mothers, but more importantly to promote the importance of family and affection, and to advocate the concept of respecting and caring for mothers, so that we can cherish and care for mothers around us more, and to build more beautiful and happy families.

The Role of Mothers in Modern Society

  • Challenges and Pressures of Working Mothers

1) Work-Family Balance: Working mothers face the challenge of balancing work and family and need to find the best arrangement between work and family responsibilities.

2) Time Management and Stress: Working mothers need to organise their time wisely to balance work and family, while being physically and mentally exhausted from work and family pressures.

  • Single Mothers and Family Commitments

1) Responsibility of Single Parent Families: Single mothers bear the responsibility of taking care of their children and supporting their families on their own, and face greater financial and life pressure.

2) Psychological and Social Support: Single mothers need more psychological and social support to help them better face the difficulties and challenges in life.

  • Mothers'Status and Influence in Society

1) Changes in Social Roles: With the development of society, the status of mothers has gradually risen in the family and society, playing an increasingly important role.

2) Influence on the Next Generation: Mothers' words and teachings have a profound influence on the next generation, shaping their personalities, values and behaviours.

3) Participation in Social Affairs: more and more mothers are actively participating in social affairs and public welfare activities, playing a positive social influence.

The role of mothers in modern society faces various challenges and pressures, and both working mothers and single mothers need the support and care of society and families. At the same time, the status and influence of mothers in society are gradually recognised and enhanced, which is of great significance to both families and society.


Mother's Day is a special holiday, which is not only a time to express gratitude and love for mothers, but more importantly, to promote the importance of family and kinship, and to advocate the concept of respecting and caring for mothers. Mothers are the pillars and stabilisers of the family, and their selflessness and dedication reflect the values of the family and society.

On this special day of Mother's Day, let us repay our mothers' love with sincerity and care, promote the importance of family and affection with our actions, and let our mothers feel our respect and care. May everyone cherish and care for the mothers around them and build more beautiful and happy families.