Mother’s Day 2018: When is it and what are the best deals?
Tehran (KNA): Mother’s Day is fast approaching, the day of the year when we try our best to make our mums feel as special as humanly possible.
In the lead up to the big day, you’ll probably spot many people frantically rushing about trying to find the perfect gift to express their love and appreciation.
Fear not, as we have the lowdown on everything you need to know about Mother’s Day: The date, the best deals and differences in traditions from around the world.
WHEN IS IT?
Mother’s Day falls on Sunday March 11 in the UK this year.
It was first marked in 1908, when an American woman called Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.
Mothering Sunday, a religious holiday that is celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Christians in some parts of Europe, falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent three weeks before Easter Sunday.
In some parts of the world such as Afghanistan, Russia, Vietnam and Belarus, Mother’s Day will coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8.
HOW IS IT CELEBRATED?
For many people across the globe, Mother’s Day is associated with the Virgin Mary and observed as a religious holiday, with some holding shrines and prayer services in churches in her honour.
Janet Heyden, a woman from Leichhardt, Sydney, became the first person in Australia to give out gifts on Mother’s Day in 1924 when she handed out presents to mothers who were being treated at the Newington State Home for Women.
Around the 16th Century, it was common practice for Christians in the United Kingdom to reunite with their mothers on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent.
This tradition has since evolved into the more secular Mother’s Day that we know today, which originally was inspired by the American Mother’s Day conceived by Jarvis.