Mother's Day (08/05)

Every year on the second Sunday of May, many countries in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Australia, China and Japan celebrate one of the brightest and kindest holidays - Mother's Day.

This holiday is over a hundred years old. Although the origins of the celebration of Mother's Day, perhaps, should be sought in the spring holidays that the inhabitants of ancient Greece dedicated to Rhea, the mother of the great god Zeus. Beginning in 1600, the tradition of celebrating Mother's Sunday appeared in England. On this day, which fell on the fourth Sunday of Lent, mothers were honored. And on that day it was impossible to work, it was necessary to visit the parents.

The story of today's Mother's Day is as follows. In 1907, a young American, Anna Jarvis of West Virginia, took the initiative to honor mothers in memory of her mother, who had died prematurely. Anna wrote letters to government agencies, legislatures, prominent people with a proposal to devote one day a year to honoring mothers.