Mother’s Day.. A touch of loyalty turned into a global celebration

Mother’s Day.. A touch of loyalty turned into a global celebration

Mother’s Day.. A touch of loyalty turned into a global celebration

With the advent of March 21 of each year, which coincides with the start of the spring season, the countries of the Arab world, including the Kingdom, celebrate “Mother’s Day” or “Mother’s Day”, to honor mothers and motherhood, as children, young and old, present gifts to their mothers in gratitude and appreciation for their sacrifices.

The date of the celebration of Mother’s Day

The history of the celebration of Mother’s Day dates back to 1908, when the American activist Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother on the second Sunday of May, in a touch of loyalty to her, after which she began a campaign to make Mother’s Day recognized in the United States, and later in 1914 the president approved American Wilson This date is Mother’s Day.

The date of Mother’s Day varies from country to country globally. In Norway it is celebrated on February 2, in Argentina it is on October 3, South Africa celebrates it on May 1, and in the United States and Germany the celebration is on the second Sunday of May every year, and in Indonesia They celebrate it on December 22nd.

Arabic Mother’s Day

As for the Arabs, Egypt was the first country to celebrate Mother’s Day on March 21, in 1956, when a mother visited the late journalist Mustafa Amin in his office in “Akhbar Al-Youm” newspaper and told him her story and how she became a widow with young children, did not marry, and devoted her life For their sake, until they graduated from university, got married, took up their lives, and left them completely.

Subsequently, Mustafa Amin wrote in his famous column “Idea” proposing to allocate a mother’s day as a day to return the favor and remind her of her thanks. Readers interacted with the idea and chose March 21 of each year to celebrate the mother, and it was celebrated in Egypt for the first time.

Schools and institutions in the Arab countries celebrate Mother’s Day by presenting gifts to teachers, female workers, and female employees in the position of mothers by younger employees. Although this day is not an official holiday, some institutions are keen to honor mothers and choose the ideal mother, in addition to social and cultural seminars. Which revolves around the role of the mother in the lives of her children and in the life of society.

International customs in celebrating Mother’s Day

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There are different ways for the peoples of the world to celebrate Mother’s Day, as the Japanese draw the mother and display the drawings in an exhibition that coincides with the date of the celebration, while the children of Yugoslavia tie the mother in bed and stipulate that they receive gifts from her to release her, and the children in Sweden accompany the mother on a small trip that includes breakfast and dinner decorated with flowers In honor of her.

Growing gains for women and mothers in the Kingdom

Mother’s Day falls in the Kingdom this year, as in recent years, amidst an official positive movement that has contributed to adding many gains to the record of Saudi women and mothers in recent years, starting with allowing them to drive, through assuming many leadership positions, and ending with their enjoyment of all their rights, such as the right to work. education, health, and economic rights.

In this regard, the Kingdom has also instituted reforms to enhance women’s participation in economic development, including unifying the retirement age for both sexes, preventing gender discrimination in terms of wages, type of job, field and working hours, as well as enabling women to engage in business without prior approval.

Women’s gains also included a package of decisions that strengthened their rights, such as banning marriage contracts for those under 18 years of age, abolishing obedience claims, issuing two copies of the marriage contract, one for the husband and the other for the wife, the application of new travel regulations to custody deeds, and the guidance of ma’zouni. Marriage by hearing the woman’s verbal consent, and other decisions that support Saudi women and preserve their rights.

And not only in recent years, but throughout history, Saudi women and mothers have proven their worth and willpower in countless critical moments.

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