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Mother’s Day 2020: How Our Little Roses Celebrates

Of all the holidays scattered throughout the year, Mother’s Day is the one day designated to mothers all over the world. As a celebration of motherhood and all that being a mother includes, families come together to praise the mothers in their lives. Moms contribute a plethora of benefits to not only their families but to the world as a whole. 

As a holiday that we’ve all just accepted as part of our annual celebrations, not many of us have questioned the existence of Mother’s Day at all, and it makes sense! Why would anyone question why we celebrate our mothers? We should do that every single day, so a designated celebratory day for mothers worldwide is only reasonable. 

But when did Mother’s Day come to be, and where did it originate? Let’s find out! 

When is Mother’s Day 2020?

Before we talk about the history of Mother’s Day, it’s important to mention that the holiday falls on a different day every year. Even so, there is a method to the madness. 

The actual date of Mother’s Day will vary from one year to the next, but you can always figure out the exact date by looking at which date the second Sunday of May is for a given year. That being said, the official date of Mother’s Day 2020 will be May 10th. 

A Brief Glimpse into the History, Origin, and Meaning of Mother’s Day 

Mother’s Day has been a recognized holiday ever since the Romans and Greeks held celebrations for their mother-figure goddesses they worshipped back in the day. The earliest accounts of celebrations similar to those of Mother’s Day are dated to the time when ancient families regarded the goddesses Cybele and Rhea as their motherly figures.

That being said, the first official Mother’s Day is said to be dated back to something called Mothering Sunday, which was initiated by Christians. Before becoming what it is today, Mother’s Day was more a celebration of the church than of actual mothers. Eventually, it transformed into a holiday that celebrated mothers in the sense of parental figures. It wasn’t until the mid-1930s when Mother’s Day became what we know it to be today. 

How Do People Celebrate Mother’s Day in Different Parts of the World? 

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Our Sponsors play an incredibly important role in each of the girls’ lives – many of which resemble a mother figure that the girls can look up to.

Mother’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated by people all over the world. Everyone celebrates Mother’s Day in their own ways, and it’s typically different from one part of the world to the next.

Let’s take a look at what people in the United States and Honduras do on Mother’s Day! 

Mother’s Day Celebrations in the United States 

In the USA, there are many traditions for Mother’s Day. Each year, children wake their mothers up with breakfast in bed, accompany their moms to some of their favorite places, and surprise their mothers with a bouquet of flowers that they know they love. The policy for Mother’s Day is essentially to prioritize moms and fill their day with as much love as possible. 

How People in Honduras Celebrate Mother’s Day 

In Honduras, Mother’s Day is not viewed as a public holiday, meaning the special day doesn’t call for businesses to close. Everyone goes about their day quite normally, with the only difference being that mothers are the focus of people’s attention. 

On Mother’s Day in Honduras, children present their moms with handmade arts and crafts that they made during the school days prior to Mother’s Day. Schoolchildren are also taught how to sing a song known as the Honduran Hymn to Mothers. With lyrics written by songwriter Augusto C. Coello, the love-filled words are put to music crafted by Rafael Coello Ramos. 

“In the name of mother is enclosed

The highest expression of love.

For there cannot be on earth

A clearer picture of God.”

With the song echoing from all over the country, mothers experience expressions of love and admiration from the people in their lives. While Father’s Day is also a holiday in Honduran culture, Mother’s Day takes precedence, and mothers are celebrated far more than fathers are, as mothers are viewed as deserving of more praise since no one compares to a mother. 

People in Honduras have been showering their mothers with appreciation ever since the very first Mother’s Day back in 1927. 

Mother’s Day with Our Little Roses 

The girls of Our Little Roses gathered at a special event

The girls of Our Little Roses attending a special event.

At Our Little Roses, the girls we care for are our top priority. Mother’s Day can be a difficult holiday for the girls to experience because not all of them have a close-knit and loving relationship with their mothers, making Mother’s Day an emotional time, full of mixed feelings. 

At Our Little Roses, we strive to make Mother’s Day a day full of joy for the life they have been given and we celebrate and pray for all of the mothers near and far from each of the girls. This year will be especially challenging as Honduras is currently under martial law due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Our Little Roses, like the rest of the country, is in quarantine and so the traditional Mother’s Day outing to the beach will be canceled, but the day will still be full of love.  

As faith is an important part of life at Our Little Roses, the girls will be led by our chaplain as they lift up mother’s around the world in prayer – those we have near and those who are far away.  We especially pray for God’s grace to shelter and protect every motherless child in the world and every mother who has been separated from her children. 

How You Can Help Make Mother’s Day Even More Special for Our Little Roses

This year, Mother’s Day will be the first time we celebrate the holiday with six of our recently-arrived girls. With the help of donors like you, we are able to smooth the transition for these girls and help them acclimate to life with Our Little Roses. With your help, these girls will have the chance to live in a safe, loving home where they can play, go to school, and simply be children.

If you are able to donate to Our Little Roses, it would mean the world to the girls who rely on us to make their Mother’s Day more bearable. Visit our website today to make a donation! We thank you in advance from the bottom of our hearts. 

And… guess what! When you donate to Our Little Roses for Mother’s Day, each and every donation will be matched by one of our amazing supporters! Send in your donations before May 15, 2020, and your generous donation will be doubled – up to $10,000. All of us at Our Little Roses, from our staff to every girl in our care, appreciate your kindness more than you can ever know!  

Wishing all of the mothers out there, a very Happy Mother’s Day!