Why We Should Celebrate Mums Every Day Of The Year
Peter Jones, Founder, Jones Myers
What does your mum mean to you?
It is Mother’s Day in the UK this Sunday and over the coming months a similar event will be celebrated across the globe. It’s only right that we should dedicate a day to mums everywhere as they play such a vital part in the upbringing of children. (So do dads, of course whose special day is marked on June 16).
Whenever - and wherever - it is celebrated the point of Mother’s Day is to reflect on the importance of those who nurture children – something in which we believe wholeheartedly.
There’s no doubt that the best environment in which children can be raised is a stable family with both parents playing a key role in their children’s development – whether they are still living together or not.
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And we have seen first-hand the immense value to children of maintaining a quality relationship with both parents.
In Britain Mother’s Day dates back to the 1600s when it centred around a church service on the last day of Lent to celebrate the Virgin Mary, after which children presented gifts and flowers to their mothers.
In later centuries it became the convention for employers to allow servants who worked away from their home to return to their mothers, and ‘mother churches’ on this Sunday.
The tradition was falling out of favour in Britain by the early 20th Century, but was revived by the influence of American troops stationed here during the Second World War.
America’s own Mother’s Day had been popularised by social campaigner Anna Jarvis to honour the role and influence of the nation’s mothers.
Many countries have since followed suit, adapting the event to suit their culture. In Sweden, for instance, Mother’s Day is in late May so that there are flowers for children to pick, and in Thailand Mother’s Day has been established on the birthday of Queen Sirikit on August 12) to celebrate the role of the royal family.
Whatever you are doing on Mother’s Day, let’s appreciate and celebrate mums for the unconditional wealth of love and care they give every day of the year.
Why We Should Celebrate Mums Every Day Of The Year, 29th March 2019, 17:08 PM