History of Mother’s Day:
The idea of celebrating Mother’s Day started 100 years ago and was initially celebrated in ancient Greece. The people of Greece used to worship their mothers on Mother’s Day, as a tradition to pay special tribute to ‘Cybele’, also known as ‘Mountain Mother’, which they used to believe as a great mother of Greek gods.
However, it was in 16th century, when Mother’s Day began as a religious celebration in Europe and people used to celebrate this festival by honoring their mothers and treating them with special cakes called ‘Mothering Cakes’.
Mother’s Day Event Date:
Different countries of world celebrate Mother’s Day at different dates of year, because this day has a number of different origins. In Ireland, United Kingdom and Nigeria, this day is celebrated on fourth Sunday of Lent. But countries like Pakistan, Canada, Greece, Italy, Turkey, China, Australia, Denmark, Japan, Belgium, South Africa, Bangladesh, India and Germany celebrate the festivities of Mother’s Day on the second of May.
Festival Celebration & Trends:
A mother’s love is like a tree shade that never ends and never dies. Mother’s Day specifically marks the beauty to honour the women of our society, who faced hardships and made great sacrifices so that their children may have better lives. In Pakistan, festival of Mother’s Day is being celebrated with great zeal and spirit for the past few years, where people share their warm sentiments and express profound love for their mothers.
Celebration of Mother’s Day in Pakistan starts with several acknowledgement ceremonies and functions to honour motherhood and to express gratitude for their hardships. Public and private organizations, like schools and colleges, arrange colorful programs and performance skits in connection with the Mother’s Day celebrations.
In addition, private TV channels and electronic media of Pakistan also telecast special transmissions to highlight the importance of the Mother’s Day and recognize the amazing role of the mothers. People of Pakistan celebrates the festival by sending cakes, buying Mother’s Day cards, mugs, flowers, perfumes, fruit or gift baskets and special chocolates, and present it to their mothers and appreciate their efforts. Mothers are the guiding force to develop a child’s character and personality. Mothers shape the lives of children, and the Mother’s Day is the opportunity to pay tribute to them for their contribution.
Iconic Mothers of Pakistan:
Pakistani courageous women have always been at the fore front to create opportunities of better future for their children, by working day and night and providing financial support to their families. Some of the achievers and role models who deserve special tribute on Mother’s Day are Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah also known as ‘Khaatoon-e-Pakistan’ and ‘Mader-e-Millat’, Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan, commonly known as ‘Mader-e-Pakistan’, Benazir Bhutto, respectfully called as ‘B.B.’ and Asma Jahangir, also known as ‘Mother of Pakistan’ etc.
Our society is full of such role models and great mothers who deserve our appreciation. Besides paying special tribute to mothers on Mother’s Day, we should not forget to follow the path and teachings of such courageous women.
Mother’s Day is not only to pay tribute to living mothers but also for Individuals who have lost their mothers. People of Pakistan always pray and pay respect to their late loved ones on Mother’s Day. They arrange special prayer ceremonies and recitations in their remembrance and to acknowledge their struggles and hardships.
You can also celebrate Mother’s Day with full zeal and zest and can make it special for your mother. In today’s modern era, Mother’s Day is getting more recognition in Pakistan and great respect is paid to mothers on this special day.