: May 09, 2021
Mother's Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It's not a federal holiday, but Mother's Day is widely celebrated as a special day to honour all mothers and motherhood. Many people in Canada express their gratitude towards mothers and mother figures on Mother’s Day. Mother figures may include step-mothers, mothers-in-law, guardians (e.g. foster parents), sisters, aunts and family friends. It is the time for people to thank mothers and mother figures who care for them and help them through life’s challenges. Together, let’s honour the women who raised us!
Did you know?
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.