Once a year countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day. A day to show our appreciation for the hard working mums out there.

        Like many other universal celebrations Mother’s Day is celebrated differently depending on which country you live in, for example; in Mexico it traditionally starts the night before by visiting your mother or Grandma and then the next day is filled with church services. And in Thailand Mother’s Day is celebrated on whatever day the current Queen’s birthday is on, it’s an intonational holiday with fireworks parades and concerts.

      But is it worth it? Statistics show that in America an average of one hundred and eighty six dollars was spent per person on Mother’s Day,  this includes gifts and meals out. Yes our mothers have done so much for us over the years but aren’t there other ways to show our affection other than through fancy meals and expensive gifts?

       Statistics also show that fifty million pounds was spent on cards alone in Britain and two hundred and sixty million on flowers, and only sixty percent of the population celebrate the holiday. We wouldn’t be where we are today without mothers but is it necessary to spend that much money on this holiday? There are many other ways to show how much they mean to us like making them something from scratch, this option is much more heart felt yet as twenty first century civilians we feel obliged to empty our pockets as a sign of our affection.

     Why did we start celebrating mother day? The holiday can be traced back to the ancient greeks and Romans who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. But our modern day interpretation of mothers day is more inspired by the early Christian festival known as Mothering Sunday.

     So why should we celebrate Mother’s Day? In my opinion Mother’s Day is a day for the family to come together and show their gratitude to the mother figures in their lives. Whether that be legal guardian, foster parent, adoptive parent or any female role model in your life and let them know how thankful we are for them. Whether that’s through gifts of just telling them how much you love them. Because even though we may not always show it we do appreciate everything you do for us and it doesn’t go unrecognised.