It feels like no sooner that the chocolate, bunny garlands and Easter egg hunts are over and done with that we shift our minds to the next holiday on the social calendar… Mother’s Day!
Many of us celebrate Mother’s Day by showing appreciation for the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures. Here at Aussie Uggies we’d love to share some beautiful imagery we captured of our Mother’s Day Essential Collection as well as interesting facts, ideas of what to do with Mum and what Mother’s Day means around the world.
Mother's Day in Australia
The very first Mother’s Day in Australia was held in 1924, over a decade after it first began in the US in 1908. Today a total of 168 countries celebrate Mother’s Day! Many people appreciate their mothers or mother figures, which include stepmothers, relatives, guardians (e.g. foster mothers), and close family friends.
Many Australians follow the Mother’s Day traditions that stem from observances in countries such as the USA and the UK. While the date it’s observed in Australia is the same as the in the US, it’s actually 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 to do Down Under
With Australia being such a beautiful place with diverse scenic landscapes, there’s no shortage of places to visit on Mother’s Day. Many families also choose to celebrate Mother’s Day with a meal, either at home or at a cafe or a restaurant. If your still not sure on what to do then here is our list of top ideas for you to borrow;
- Organise a family lunch or dinner with something home cooked
- Go shopping (if you haven’t already purchased something from us)
- Organise a picnic with friends and family
- Go out and have fun in the great outdoors, if the weather allows for it… its still May and it can be unpredictable so have a backup.
- Visit the zoo, art gallery, museum or any other educational sites your Mum is interested in, that you can enjoy alongside her.
- Go to the movies and treat your Mum, as sometimes Netflix just won’t do.
- Do something your Mum loves with her, whatever you choose she’s sure to appreciate the effort you’ve gone to.
Gifts to give on Mother’s Day
Let’s be honest by now you should have been tempted by some of the gorgeous photography captured by the, oh so very talented Sarah Ellen Photography (@sarahellen_) in our Mother’s Day shoot. If you can, invest in something your mother would love, we have everything from simple slippers to premium Nordic boots. But if you can’t, then just give hug her and tell her how much you love her. In the end, celebrating Mother’s Day is not just about the gift but the intentions behind it. The type of gift you give on Mother’s Day is up to you, but if you are looking for a truly memorable way to honour your mother, then opting for one of the following suggestions might put a smile on her face;
- A Personalised Photo Book
- Sheepskin Slippers
- Custom Skincare Products (We have a Peppermint Foot Soak that works a treat.)
- Flowers (Traditionally, Carnations and Chrysanthemums are seen as classic Mother’s Day flowers in Australia.)
- Lace Up Sheepskin Boots
- Kitchen Appliances
Fun Facts about Mother’s Day
Here a compilation of some interesting facts about Mother’s Day in Australia. Did you know…?
- In 2012-13 there were 6,227,200 Australian women aged 18 and over who had given birth to children.
- Mother’s Day greetings cards are the most popular type of card sold.
- The carnation is a flower strongly associated with Mother’s Day.
- In June 2014, 71 per cent of working Mum's used alternative work arrangements to care for their children 0-12 years.
- Also in June 2014, almost two in five (38 per cent) of women who ran their own business had children under 15.
Mother’s Day around the World
While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, like many holidays, it is celebrated on different dates, depending on where you reside. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit. In in the UK, Mother’s Day is observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This is over one month before Mother’s Day in Australia.
Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honouring motherhood.
In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers or celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.
That’s it from us… still not sorted, better get shopping!