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Mother’s Day is just around the corner. For almost all Malaysian students, one thing that they will most definitely learn during their first year in the UK is that ‘Mother’s Day’ always comes considerably earlier in the UK than their home country.
Indeed, even though both versions are celebrated in a similar fashion, the ‘Mother’s Day’ in the UK and the Mother’s Day as Malaysians have been brought up to know it are two separate holidays with rather different origins and we have all of that covered in this post.
In order to differentiate between these two Mother’s Days, we need to understand that the Malaysian Mother’s Day is modelled after the American holiday founded by Anna Jarvis, the daughter of a social activist and the founder of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs called Ann Jarvis. Passionate about the idea of encouraging and celebrating motherhood, Ann Jarvis once said “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.” – a wish that was later granted after her passing by her own daughter . A memorial service was organised by Anna not only for her mother but all mothers in her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia. The ceremony that took place on the 10th of May, 2908 is now recognised as the first official observance of Mother’s Day.
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This tradition has since grown tremendously in popularity across the globe having been adopted by more than 80 countries including Malaysia and is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
On the other hand, the ‘Mother’s Day’ in the UK was once known as Mothering Day when the annual tradition to worship at their ‘mother’ church during lent began hundreds of years ago in Britain. Once a year, young children in service or apprenticeships would have the day off to go to their mother church with their families. Those who hadn’t seen their mothers for some time, would shower their mums with gifts like cakes and flowers. The tradition sadly did not survive the drop of church attendance, however, the celebration was revived during World War II with the influence of American servicemen and women arriving in the UK and has remained a major holiday in the UK and the Republic of Ireland as well as Nigeria.
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Remember, don’t wait for that one day of the year to show your mother some love! Mother’s Day should be year round!!