Facebook this week will again be flooded with heart-warming Mother’s Day messages to give tribute to all beautiful and courageous mothers around the world.
But let me ask, do most of us know and understand the real purpose of Mother’s Day? We asked some of our readers and these are their views:
“Mother’s Day is a day for mothers. It a day to express our love for them,” said Jane, 18, an education student.
Kristine, 19, also added “it is a day to recognize the sacrifices of our mothers. Without them, we are not here.”
“Mother's Day is a wonderful opportunity for us children to show our mothers how grateful we are to have them. It is a day for me to be sweet to my mom and do the things I don’t usually do like saying ‘I love you.'
I don’t usually do that to my mom but on Mother’s Day, I exert effort like what I did yesterday. I woke up early to do the household chores and greeted her ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ when she woke up.”
That is Melcher’s, a 17-year-old communication student in Pangasinan.
Charlie, 17, has a different point of view. “It is useless. It should be expressed through actions not just gifts.”
Real Mother's Day spirit
Mother’s Day was founded in 1858 by Ann Jarvis to encourage mothers to work for cleanliness and health. The Appalachian Communities then were infected with diphtheria, measles, and tuberculosis.
Jarvis gave birth to 11 children but sadly, only 4 survived. To decrease mortality rate in the communities, she took the courage to ask the doctors to teach them cleanliness and food sanitation.
Mother’s Day was further intensified when Julia Ward Howe wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 after the Civil War (1861-1865). Drawing inspiration from Jarvis, she encouraged mothers to dedicate a day to work for peace.
A humanist, Howe was disheartened with the death and suffering of soldiers due to illnesses. Mother’s Day is a call for peace among states and nations. It is a call for the end of wars for people not to suffer the casualties.
The first Mother’s Day celebration was on June 2, 1872, in New York City and it is now annually celebrated every second Sunday of May.
Are we promoting the culture of peace among nations and communities in our mother’s day celebrations? Taval.net