Happy Mother’s Day! It is Mother’s Day here in the UK today. Am not sure when it is back home in the US (April? May? Help me out here people…I kind of need to know). As you know, Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family-as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. So really, every day should be ‘Mother’s Day.’ Am I right? I think I am.
In countries around the world, this day or holiday has different meanings and is associated with different events-whether they be religious, historical or legendary-and as a result, this day is celebrated on different dates. The extent of the celebration of this day varies greatly, as mentioned. In some countries it is actually (potentially) offensive to one’s mother NOT to mark Mother’s Day. Yikes. In others, it is a little-known festival celebrated mainly by immigrants or covered by the media as a taste of foreign culture. Truth.
In the Roman Catholic Church, this day is strongly associated with revering the Virgin Mary. Some Catholic homes will have a special shrine devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Also, in many Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, a special prayer service is held in honour of the Theotokos Virgin Mary. Theotokos is a title of Mary, mother of Jesus-used especially in Eastern Christianity.
In Islam, there is no concept of Mother’s Day, but mothers hold a high position in religious matters. According to some Islamic traditions, Heaven is said to be found under a mother’s feet, meaning that one can attain admission into heaven after death, if they are caring and loving sons to their mothers. Indeed. Please read that sentence again.
In Hindu tradition, Mother’s Day is called “Mata Tirtha Aunshi” or “Mother Pilgrimage fortnight”, and is celebrated in countries with a Hindu population, especially in Nepal.In Buddhism, the festival of Ullambana is derived from the story of Maudgalyayana and his mother.
Of course there are more religious traditions out there which I have ignored-sorry about that. Please know that this is just a blog post, not a religious seminar focussing on Mother’s Day. But, am guessing you already knew that. Please tell me you did.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there…and to my own Mother, Mother-in-law and my Aunties too. Respect. That is all.