Mother’s Day - History, Date, Poems And Songs

Mother’s Day

Image : Shutterstock

Mother’s Day will be celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Have you celebrated it yet or planning to do so this year? Do you always make a card for your mom for Mother’s Day and get her a gift, but are not sure about how exactly the tradition started?

If you are looking to brush up on your Mother’s Day trivia, read on to know history of mothers day along with some interesting facts & creative ideas that will look great on a card!

When is Mother’s Day in 2017?

Sunday, May 14

Mother’s Day History:

The present day celebrations that are associated with Mother’s Day are not even a hundred years old, if popular traditions are to be believed. It is said that two prominent women, Anna Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe, brought the popular Mother’s Day celebrations into being. At present, Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries across the world, even though it may be celebrated on different dates. Some countries that celebrate Mother’s Day today are the US, UK, India, Italy, Turkey, Canada, China, Belgium, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Denmark and Finland.

The history of where Mother’s Day actually originated is a little debatable, with both the US and the UK having its own version. So here’s a quick look at how and when Mother’s Day originated, as per both the US and the UK tradition.

As Per The UK Tradition:

The origins of when Mother’s Day started can be traced back to the ancient Greek and Roman era. In the UK, the roots of Mother’s Day go back to a Mothering Sunday that is said to have been celebrated before Mother’s Day was celebrated in the US.

The tradition of Mother’s Day goes back all the way to the 1600s when a Mothering Sunday was celebrated during Lent. It was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent that leads up to Easter. The celebration would begin with a prayer in church to the Virgin Mary. Children would bring flowers and gifts to honor their own mothers.

All employees, including servants and any other employee who lived away from their homes were encouraged during the occasion to take a leave and go and visit their mothers. By the 19th century, the tradition of Mothering Day died out but was again celebrated after the Second World War. It was then that the servicemen from America brought the tradition of Mother’s Day with them to the UK. Various commercial establishments saw it as an opportunity especially after the war, and hence began the tradition of Mother’s Day in the UK as well.

[ Read: Mother’s Day Cards For Kids ]

As Per The US Tradition:

According to the US tradition, the day was first celebrated in the year 1908 when Anna Jarvis had a memorial in West Virginia for her mother. Her mother had passed away in the year 1905, and ever since then she tried hard to make the day known as a recognized holiday. In the beginning, she wanted to dedicate the day only to her mother, but soon the campaign turned into a campaign to honor all mothers. Her mother was a peace activist who was involved in humanitarian work for soldiers of the Civil War.

As a result of various efforts by Anna Jarvis, the day was recognized throughout various states in honor of mothers. The first occasion when Mother’s Day was celebrated was in 1910 in West Virginia, which was the home state of Anna Jarvis. In the year 1914, a proclamation was signed by Woodrow Wilson to officially declare the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day. It would be a national holiday to honor all mothers.

How To Say Mother In Different Languages:

You call your mother by the way it is said in your language, but why not try out some variations of the word ‘mother’ in different languages too? Here is a quick look at how languages across the world show their love to a mother:

  • Afrikaans – moeder, ma
  • Albanian – meme
  • Arabic – um
  • Belarusan – matka
  • Brazilian – mae
  • Portuguese – mae
  • Bolognese – meder
  • Croatian – mati, majka
  • Czech – abatyse
  • Danish – mor
  • Dutch – moeder
  • Filipino – nanay, ina
  • Finnish – aiti
  • French – maman
  • German – mutter
  • Greek – mana
  • Hawaiian – makuahine
  • Hungarian – anya
  • Icelandic – mooir
  • Indonesian – induk
  • Irish – mathair
  • Italian – mamma
  • Japanese – okaasan
  • Spanish – madre
  • Latin – mater
  • Macedonian – majka
  • Norwegian – madre
  • Persian – maman
  • Polish – mama
  • Romanian – mama
  • Russian – mat
  • Serbian – majka
  • Swiss – mueter
  • Turkish – anne, ana
  • Welsh – mam
  • Yiddish – muter

Best Mother’s Day Poems And Songs:

Here is a collection of short Mothers Day poems and songs that you can write out for your mother or help your kid write out for you:

Poem #1:

Fingerprints, fingerprints everywhere!
On the windows and the walls and even the chair!
You wipe them and scrub them and wash them away,
But on this card they are here to stay!
I love you mom, Happy Mother’s Day!

Poem #2:

Of all the special joys in life
The big ones and the small
A mother’s love and tenderness
Is the greatest of them all

Poem #3:

My mother, my friend so dear
Throughout my life you’re always near
A tender smile to guide my way
You’re the sunshine to guide my way

Poem #4:

Just one little wish for you mom
But it’s loving and happy and true
It’s a wish that the nicest and best things
Will always keep coming to you

Poem #5:

The heart of a home is a mother
Whose love is warm and true
And home has always been a sweet home
With a wonderful mother like you

[ Read: Father’s Day Craft Ideas For Kids ]

Poem #6:

I said a mother’s day poem for you
To thank the lord above
For blessing me with a lifetime
Of your tender hearted love
I thanked god for the caring
You’ve shown me through the years
For the closeness we’ve enjoyed
In time of laughter and of tears
And so I thank you from the heart
For all you’ve done for me
And I bless the lord for giving me
The best mother there could be

Poem #7:

Sending this, mom
Especially to say
Wishing you a happy
And wonderful day
And to tell you this day
Will always be one
For remembering the many
Sweet things you have done

Poem #8:

Once upon a memory
Someone wiped away a tear
Held me close and loved me
Thank you mother dear

Poem #9:

Your arms were always open when I needed a hug
Your heart understood when I needed a friend
Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson
Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly

Poem #10:

God made a wonderful mother
A mother who never grows old
He made her smile of the sunshine
And he molded her heart out of pure gold
In her eyes he placed bright shining stars
In her cheeks fair roses you see
God made a wonderful mother
And he gave that dear mother to me

Song #1:

When a mommy hugs her children
She plants a seed of love
And all her wonderful kisses
Come from god above.
When a mommy laughs and giggles
She plants a seed of joy
Like when she tickles your funny bone
Or plays with your favorite toy
When a mommy tucks you in at night
She plants a seed of peace
She prays for god to bless you
With a sweet and restful sleep
When a mommy asks you to wait for things
A seed of patience is what she sows
For all the really good things in life
Take some time to grow
When a mommy makes your favorite food
She plants a seed so kind
She knows when chicken soup is good for you
Or when you have cookies on your mind
When a mommy washes al your clothes
Seeds of goodness she plants
She works so hard to scrub and scrub
So you will have clean shirts and pants
When a mommy takes care of you all day
Faithfulness is the seed she sows
She makes sure you have all you need
Like lots of good food and shoes on your toes
When a mommy rocks you in her arms
A gentle seed is planted deep
Sometimes she’ll sing you a little song
While in her arms you cry or sleep
When a mommy tells you ‘no, no, no’
She plants a seed of self-control
For she knows not all things are good for you
So make sure you listen to what you’re told
But the greatest seed that a mommy plans
Is the seed of god’s great love
She wants you to know him just like she does
So that one day you both will live in heaven above.

[ Read: Mother’s Day Gifts For Kids ]

Song #2:

If I could give you diamonds
For each tear you cried for me
If I could give you sapphires
For each truth you’ve helped me see
If I could give you rubies
For the heartache that you’ve known
If I could give you pearls
For the wisdom that you’ve shown
Then you’ll have a treasure, mother
That would mount up to the skies
That would almost match
The sparkle in your kind and loving eyes
But I have no pearls no diamonds
As I’m sure you’re well aware
So I’ll give you gifts more precious
My devotion, love and care

Song #3:

Thank you for being
The mom that you are
You taught us that we
Should always reach for the star
And there wasn’t much
That you wouldn’t try
I just tagged along and learned
As you soared across the sky
From the time I was little
And then as I grew
I had to run so fast and hard
Just to keep up with you
Now I thank you mama
For showing me how to have fun
You made work seem like play
But you always got it done
Happy mother’s day
We bring smiles your way
We just want to show
How much we really care
Happy mother’s day
And we want to say
You’re the greatest mother
Anywhere

Song #4:

How can I thank you
For helping me
Strive to be everything
That I should be
You led by example
You used humor too
And we lived a life where
We said ‘we can do’
So in conclusion
I feel I must state
When it comes to mothers
I think you are great
And I know that I
Honor you in every way
Because you are truly
The queen of mother’s day
Happy mother’s day
We bring smiles your way
We just want to show
How much we really care
Happy mother’s day
And we want to say
You’re the greatest mother
Anywhere

Song #5:

Dear mother, as I look back on my life
I find myself wondering
Did I remember to thank you
For all that you have done for me
For all the time you were by my side
To help me celebrate my successes
And accept my defeats
Or for teaching me the value of hard work
Good judgement, courage and honesty
I wonder if I’ve ever thanked you for the simple things
The laughter, smiles and quiet times we shared
If I’ve forgotten to express my gratitude for any of these things
I am thanking you now and want to express my love for you
And I’m hoping that you’ve known all along
How very much you are appreciated

Song #6:

Life takes us through many changes like the seasons of each year
Some so unforgettable we sometimes shed a tear
I remember when I was a little girl, it seems not so long ago
My mother would shelter me in her arms,
A feeling I thought I’d never outgrow
Maybe I really haven’t because hidden inside of me
There’s still that need to hold her
Though the chances are few and far between
We live our lives looking back on memories of the past
Ones we often cherish, for times move along so fast
I remember my teenage years, rebellious as they were
Though I’d made many mistakes I could always count on her
Oh the times I’d hurt her with the hateful things I’d say
I hope she knows how sorry I am and how much I love her today
As children we don’t realize how words can break a heart
Leave scars that last a lifetime and tear two lives apart
Though forgiveness isn’t easy we’ve found it through the years
My mother and I are closer than ever
Our love has washed away the tears
So let me tell you that I love you mom, in this message that I send
Though time is ever changing, I’ll always remember when

Song #7:

How did you find the energy mom
To do all the things you did
To be teacher, nurse and counselor
To me, when I was a kid
How did you do it all mom
Be a chauffeur, cook and friend
Yet find time to be a playmate
I just can’t comprehend
I see now it was love, mom
That made you come whenever I’d call
Your inexhaustible love, mom
And I thank you for it all, mom

Song #8:

Whose is the heart that bursts with pride, each time she sees your face
Whose are the eyes that dart about, to check your world is safe
Whose are the arms that wrap you up and hold you tight and close
Whose is the love that’s always there, whenever you need it most
Whose is the smile that lights the room, when you are smiling too
Whose shoulder is the place to be, when only a cuddle will do
Whose chest is warm and comforting, when you’re a weary soul
Whose motivation only has your happiness as her goal
Whose are the tears that cry for you, as you grow old and free
Whose is the heart that aches so much, in the space where you should be
Whose is the head that knows that you must find your path alone
Whose is the voice who welcomes you, each time you go back home
Who could have so many facets that make her oh so great
Who has you on her mind each day, and today we celebrate
Whose hands hold and guide you, in a way unlike another
All these are part and parcel of the joys of having a mother
As wonderful as you!

Song #9:

Would I be wrong for saying that, god’s greatest creations are mothers
For he has given her all the qualities that sets her apart from all the others
He created the sun, the moon and the stars, and placed them in the heavens to grace the skies
And he has given mothers the same sparkle and twinkle, every time she looks into her children’s eyes
He planted an amazing garden, and made sure it was equipped to produce and sustain life
And every time I look at you, I know why Eden was such a paradise.
As you walk through your garden, nourishing it with tender love and care
It motivates the humming birds to serenade the world with music in the air.
I’m sure the soft songs of the birds is a love that causes great sacrifice
It is the same love that god has given the world and the same love that made Jesus give his life.
You are god’s heavenly creation, and you have been the greatest mother to me
In you I feel all his love, his power, his strength, his glory and his majesty.
You make me feel that all things are possible, and that I can mount the wings of eagles and soar
Every time I feel like giving up, your encouragement helps me to give a little bite more.
I thank god that he gave you to me, you are such a wonderful and caring mother
God has given you a beauty and integrity that sets you apart from all the others.

[ Read: Mother’s Day Crafts For Kids ]

Song #10:

Another mother’s day is here
Bringing joy and pleasures new
On this special day mother dear
I want to honor you
I cannot send you costly gifts
And I’ve told you this before
No matter what I give to you
You give back much, much more
I’m giving you a pure, sweet rose
Gathered in the early morn
This rose you planted in my heart
The day that I was born
In kindly, loving thoughts of you
And with the faith you still impart
The rose I give you today
Is the love that’s in my heart
Here’s Why Mothers Are Like Angels:
There are angels God put on this earth
Who care for us and guide us
You can feel their love and gentleness
As they walk through life beside us
They do great things for us every day
They whisper in our ears
They even hold us in their hearts
When we are filled with all our fears
They are always there to give a hug
And try to make us smile
They treat us with respect and love
They treat us like their child
God blessed me with an angel
I’m proud to call my own
She’s been with me throughout my life
Been with me as I’ve grown
She’s guided me the best she can
She’s taught me like no other
And I’m thankful I’m the lucky one
Who gets to call her mother.

Ideas To Use The Poems And Songs:

As mother’s day approaches, make sure you get your cards and special dedications ready.

  • Go through the poems and songs shared above and add them inside your own handmade cards.
  • You can also use the poems and songs shared above as beautiful wall arts, by writing them on hand painted boards that can also be put up on the wall.
  • Make this mother’s day more memorable for your mother by sending her a hand written letter and sharing the poems and songs shared above.
  • You can also paint a lovely portrait of your mother or your own recreation of the love you and your mother share. Make sure you include the poems and songs mentioned above somewhere in the painting.
  • Bake your mother a cake and use some lovely icing to decorate the top. Write a few lines of the poems and songs that are shared above.

There are many ways you can use the poems and songs as dedications to your mother. Try out something creative and see the look of surprise on your mother’s face.

Do remember to tell us in the comments section below how you celebrated mother’s day and how you used the poems and songs mentioned in this article.

Recommended Articles:

Click
Featured Image