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Mother's Day is an internationally-celebrated occasion, dedicated to expressing love, gratitude, and appreciation for the enduring efforts and sacrifices made by mothers towards their families, children, and society as a whole. In South Africa, this special day is observed similarly to many other countries, as it offers an opportunity for people to shower their mothers with affection, gifts, and heartfelt words of admiration. The essence of the observance lies not only in the celebration of motherhood but also in reinforcing the symbolic bond between a mother and her child.
The origin of Mother's Day can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman civilizations when festivals were held in honour of goddesses representing motherhood. However, the modern-day version of this celebration is often attributed to Anna Jarvis, an American woman who campaigned for an official Mother's Day in the early 20th century. Jarvis's efforts led to President Woodrow Wilson proclaiming the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day in 1914. Over the decades, this observance has been embraced worldwide, with numerous cultures adapting the festivities to suit their local traditions and customs.
In South Africa, Mother's Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May, mirroring the American tradition. The day is marked with various activities and events, such as family gatherings, brunches, and sending flowers or gifts to express gratitude towards one's mother. Though rooted in Western custom, South Africans have adopted Mother's Day as an integral part of their yearly celebrations, shaping it into a special and unifying event that honours the strength and resilience of mothers across the nation.
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