When a nation celebrates its mothers, it’s a special day. A time dedicated to acknowledge, honour and thank the women who have built our homes, our communities and our nation. But Mother’s Day for you might also be a day to remember and to commemorate. A day of tenderness.Of reminiscing.
Ever wondered how Mother’s Day came to being? Well, here are a few interesting facts on this holiday – and how we celebrate it in Australia…
The Birth of Mother’s Day
The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia held a memorial for her mother in America. Soon after, she began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognised national holiday. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialisation by the 1920s.
Other countries adopted Jarvis’ holiday and it is now celebrated all over the world. Mother’s Day is, essentially, a celebration honouring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It complements Father’s Day – a similar celebration that honours fathers.
Interestingly, Anna Jarvis, who started Mother’s Day also filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over-commercialisation of Mother’s Day. She lost her fight. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.
Mother’s Day in Australia
Although Mother’s Day is celebrated on various dates around the world (most commonly in March or May), in the lucky country, we celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. This year, it’s the 12th of May 2013.
Janet Heyden began the tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mother’s Day in Australia, in 1924.A resident of Leichhardt, Sydney, she started the tradition while visiting a patient at the Newington State Home for Women where she met many lonely, aged mothers.
To cheer them up, Heyden gathered up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women. Every year thereafter, Heyden raised increasing backing for the project, which was even supported by the local Mayor. The day has since become commercialised.
Traditionally in Australia, the chrysanthemum is given to mothers for Mother’s Day as the flower is naturally in season during May and ends in “mum”.
Quick Facts On Aussie Mums
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Population Clock, the resident population of Australia is projected to be 23,010,182! One Aussie baby is born every 1 minute and 44 seconds and, women who become mothers do so typically between 25 and 34.
Spending Mother’s Day in Remembrance
Whether you’ve lost a mother or simply empathise with what it means to loose a maternal figure, Mother’s Day is a significant holiday for Australia.
At Phoenix Foundry, we understand the private journey of loss and grief. We know that celebrating a mum who you can’t hug is a tough ask and we know that commemorating mothers requires a timeless, special token. That’s why we have our range of Integrated Bronze Image Portraits that can be individually placed onto a memorial or cast as something family members can keep as a token of remembrance for everyday. Mother’s Day and everyday thereafter.
We wish all our staff, customers and friends a special Mother’s Day this Sunday… how ever you spend it.
Author: Joe Campbell