International Mother’s Day is an important and very popular occasion that occurs every year on the second Sunday in May and is observed all over the world as a day to appreciate and respect mothers and motherly relationships within the family. As a result, there is no set date for it.
The topic can be asked as a Current Affairs Question in IAS Prelims and Mains.
Note: As UPSC 2023 approaches, use BYJU’S free Daily Video Analysis of The Hindu Newspaper to augment your preparation.
History of International Mother’s Day
The modern day Mother’s Day celebration began in the year of 1908, when Anna Jarvis created a memorial to honour her mother, Ann Jarvis, a peace campaigner who used to care for wounded Civil War troops. The ceremony was hosted at the International Mother’s Day Shrine, which is currently housed there at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. When her mother died the same year, Anna Jarvis set out to gain support for the commemoration of Mother’s Day in the US. She wanted to pay tribute to all the mothers around the globe who have made significant contributions to their families and society.
Because of her tireless efforts, most US states began honouring Mother’s Day as a regional holiday by the year of 1911, and West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state, was the first to do so in the year of 1910. When Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. president, approved the proclamation in the year of 1914, the second Sunday in May was officially established as Mother’s Day in the United States and made a national holiday. As a result, the current Mother’s Day was born in the United States, and nations such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Italy, Singapore, Belgium, and many others have chosen the same date.
Note: You may visit the attached link to attempt practice quizzes on current affairs.
Note: IAS exam could ask basic facts about this topic as it holds international as well as domestic importance.
Mother’s Day is a worldwide celebration commemorating the respect, honour, and love that people have for their moms. The day is dedicated to honouring mothers’ contributions, as well as the efforts of maternal bonding and the position of mothers in our society. Although many countries commemorate the occasion on various dates, March or May are the most usual months for celebrations. Mother’s Day, such as Siblings Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day, and other holidays, is a collaborative effort. It is a day that reminds people of the importance and relevance of mothers in their lives, and it is marked as a day to honour all mothers around the world.
To get the list of important national and international days and dates for UPSC preparation, visit the linked article.
Note: You can make your current affairs revision robust using Free UPSC Monthly Magazines by BYJU’S.
Note: Keep yourself up to date with the newest UPSC current affairs, where we explain the key news in an easy-to-understand way.
Start your IAS Exam preparation by understanding the UPSC Syllabus in depth and planning your approach accordingly.