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Mother's Day is a special day that is celebrated annually in many households with much love and care. But where does this tradition actually come from? Why do we put mother in the spotlight on this particular day? Here you can read about the history of Mother's Day, the different traditions worldwide and we give you useful last minute tips - for young and old - how you can make this day unforgettable for your mother.

The origin of Mother's Day

Mother's Day as we know it today has its origins in the early 20th century in the United States. Anna Jarvis, a West Virginia woman, is often credited as the founder of Mother's Day. After her mother's death in 1905, Anna wanted to find a way to recognize the sacrifices mothers make for their children. She strived to create a day entirely dedicated to celebrating and appreciating mothers.

In 1914, Mother's Day was officially recognized by US President Woodrow Wilson, who declared the second Sunday in May as National Mother's Day. The idea was simple but powerful: a day to show respect and love for mothers.

How different cultures celebrate Mother's Day

Around the world, the celebration of Mother's Day varies. In the Netherlands and many other countries this day falls on the second Sunday in May, but this may be different in other parts of the world. For example, in the United Kingdom they celebrate "Mothering Sunday," which falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This day has Christian origins and is intended to put mothers in the spotlight.

In some countries, there are special traditions or rituals that are followed on Mother's Day. In Thailand, for example, Mother's Day falls on the Queen's birthday and is celebrated with much ceremonial display and community activities.

Last-minute tips to make Mother's Day special

Have you postponed Mother's Day until the last minute? Don't worry, you can still make this special day unforgettable with a few simple but thoughtful last minute ideas.

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Here are some quick tips you can implement to surprise your mom and show how much you care.

1 - A handwritten letter or card

If you want to give something personal at the last minute, write a handwritten letter or card. Tell her what she means to you and thank her for everything she has done. This is not only a beautiful, but also a very personal way to express your love.

2 - Take over the household chores

You don't have to plan days in advance to give your mother a day of rest. On Mother's Day, take over some household chores from her. Let her relax while you take care of cleaning, laundry and other chores that need to be done.

3 - Send her this video

This one always works well :)

4 - Plan a spontaneous activity

It's never too late to plan something fun. Take your mom out for a spontaneous activity. This could be a walk in the nearest park, a visit to a local exhibition, or even a last minute cinema visit. The idea is to spend time together and do something she enjoys. Surprise!

5 - Make a meal with what you have at home

Breakfast in bed or a home-cooked dinner is always a winner. Dive into the kitchen and see what you can prepare with the ingredients you already have at home. It doesn't have to be perfect; it's the effort that counts. Maybe you can make her favorite dish, or try a new recipe that is simple and quick to prepare. Spontaneously having lunch or an ice cream together is also fun!

With these last minute tips you can still make Mother's Day special, even if you waited until the last minute. The most important thing is that you show that you are thinking of her and taking the time to appreciate her. Let this be a day when your mother feels how loved she is!

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