Homage to Mom: Creative Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

The first Mother’s Day was established in the U.S. in 1914 by Anna Jarvis, in honor of her own late mother who had expressed a desire for such a holiday. It is now celebrated throughout the world, in ways as diverse as the people who choose to commemorate the day. And it has expanded to include women who may not have raised their own children, but still offer a maternal presence to the people (or pets!) in their lives.

So, whether you prefer tradition or trying something new, here are just a few thoughts to help make the day your own:

International Ideas

While the heart of the holiday is honoring moms, how it’s celebrated varies across the globe. In Japan, children create drawings of their mothers and enter them in art contests, and the winning pictures are displayed in art shows throughout the country. Thailand goes all out with parades, concerts and fireworks, while Indonesian families hold surprise parties and competitions such as cooking contests.

Rest and Recharge

One of the simplest – and often most appreciated – gifts you can give a mother is a day off! Make her favorite breakfast, take charge of the kids and chores and let her have the rest of the day to hit the spa, visit with friends or whatever else she finds relaxing and rejuvenating.

Honor Emotions

For those who have lost their mother for any reason, this holiday can often be difficult. So, it’s all the more important to acknowledge the day by doing whatever feels appropriate to you. Reach out to those who knew and loved your mother. Share photos and memories of her with friends and family. Plant a tree or her favorite flower as a living tribute.

Donation Celebration

Moms are often one of the first people in our lives to teach us the concept of sharing. So, why not consider thanking her by making a donation in her name? Find out which causes mean the most to her and put your money where her heart is.

Wonder Women

Whether they’re your aunt, stepmom, close friend or even a favorite teacher, take time to show appreciation for the women who have given you love, support or mentorship when you most needed it. A small note or even an old-fashioned phone call expressing your thanks could mean more than you know.

Try out one or more of these ideas to honor the amazing women in your life!


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  • MAY 5: Cinco de Mayo
  • MAY 6: National Nurses Day
  • MAY 7: National Teachers Day
  • MAY 12: Mother’s Day
  • MAY 15: Peace Officers Memorial Day
  • MAY 27: Memorial Day

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