Wishing all the Mums, Grandmums and Mother Figures a wonderful day on Mothers Day. Below is the meaning of Mothers Day.
Mother’s Day in Australia
Many Australians celebrate Mother’s Day by showing their appreciation for the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures. It is annually observed in Australia on the second Sunday of May.
What Do People Do?
Many people appreciate their mothers or mother figures, which include stepmothers, relatives, guardians (eg. foster mothers), and close family friends. Some organizations have Mother’s Day patrons who work together with the media and general community to raise awareness on Mother’s Day events that aim to raise funds for charitable or non-profit causes.
Mother’s Day events and activities may include:
- Organized walks or runs to raise money for causes such as breast cancer research.
- Visits to the zoo, movies, or botanical gardens, or other places of interest.
- Breakfasts, brunches, lunches, afternoon teas or dinners at restaurants, cafes, or at home.
- Handmade gifts or cards being presented to mothers or mother figures.
- Flowers, chocolates, clothing, gift vouchers and other gifts that are given to mothers or mother figures.
- Mother’s Day poems being printed, broadcast, or presented to mothers and mother figures.
- Mother’s Day stories being publicized in magazines, newspapers, radio, television or the internet.
Many families may also spend the day having a picnic in the park or the beach on Mother’s Day, if the weather allows it. Father’s Day is also celebrated in Australia on the first Sunday of September to honor fathers and father figures.
Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday but it is on a Sunday, when many organizations, schools, and government offices are closed. Public transport systems run to their normal Sunday schedules and restaurants or cafes may be busier than usual as some people take their mothers out for a treat. Shops and department stores may also be busy in areas where there is Sunday trading.
Many Australians follow the Mother’s Day traditions that stem from observances in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The Mother’s Day date in Australia is the same as the date observed in the United States, which is the second Sunday of May each year. However, it is an Australian who is credited with having started the tradition of giving gifts on Mother’s Day: Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt Sydney, started a campaign in 1924 to collect gifts for lonely aged mothers.
What Is the History and Importance of Mother’s Day?
The origin of Mother’s Day can be traced back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. The Greeks celebrated the annual spring festival specially dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks celebrated the day to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Romans also celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess.
Today Mother’s Day is observed in several countries including US, UK, India, Denmark, Australia, Mexico, Turkey, Italy, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. The Mother’s Day is special to many of us who want to take an opportunity to thank our mothers for all the sacrifice, love, care and support shown to us. Celebrate this Mother’s Day season by gifting something unique, perfect and best presents to your mum and expecting mums.
How Can You Celebrate Mother’s Day in Australia?
You can do many things to celebrate Mother’s Day, but the main goal is to show mum your appreciation. One of the perfect ways to show her that appreciation is with a good gift; if you need some inspiration, be sure to check out our online shop.
What Should You Get Your Mum for Mother’s Day?
We have a wide range of beautiful gift packs and boxes for sale in store on Kangaroo Island and online at Emu Ridge. They are a unique Australian made gift for that special someone. We will also expertly tailor a gift to suit your individual requirements, full of excellent local produce. We provide customised gift hampers as well. So if you have a special occasion for someone coming up and would like a gift basket and are not sure what to choose, we are here to help you with heaps of gift ideas. If you would like something delivered on Kangaroo Island we are happy to hand deliver your voucher or gift if it is within the Kingscote area. Otherwise we can arrange delivery for you at a small cost. All other orders are delivered by Australia Post.