It is a celebration honoring mothers, maternal bonding, and their influence in society. The 2015 Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10 in Miami and Broward but in many parts of the world it is celebrated on different days, most often in March or May. This holiday is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred around the world for thousands of years, as the Greek cult of Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Sundaycelebration of Christian motherhood. However, in many countries this day is related to the oldest traditions.
In the fifteenth century, the British began to celebrate Mothering Sunday, first at the beginning of Lent and then the fourth Sunday of Lent. In 1908, the United States developed the modern celebration of Mother’s Day, created in memory of the mother of the teacher Anna Jarvis. UK began to adopt this festival in 1914 and Germany formalized in 1923. Other countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey and Australia today and follow this tradition.
In most countries there is a recent conclusion derived from the celebrations developed in the United States. Adopted by other countries and cultures, the party has different meanings, associated to different events (religious, historical or legendary), and celebrated on different dates. In some cases, countries which already had their own celebration in honor of motherhood, later they adopted several superficial features of the US holiday, like giving carnations and other gifts. The extension of this celebration is very variable. In some countries, it is potentially offensive to a mother not to celebrate the date of Mother’s Day. In others, it is a little known festival celebrated mainly by immigrants, or covered by the media as a sign of foreign culture.