We can only watch helplessly as Malaysia spirals backwards towards the dark ages of intolerance and ignorance. The latest circulating in Malaysia’s cesspool of intelligence is this:
“Mother’s Day is Mother Church’s Day. Whoever (Muslims) wants to celebrate, you are welcomed to do it. But if you don’t want to ruin your Aqidah, don’t celebrate it.”
Really? And there are people on Facebook liking this post and reposting it without much thought. What has education become for you, Malaysian boys and girls? Yeah you, toting the latest and greatest smartphones that could get you the fastest information and knowledge possible, but yet you chose to use it to talk out of your ass.
Growing up in the kindergarten and the public schools that I went to in Malaysia, Mother’s Day is simply just that, a day to appreciate mothers everywhere in the world; women who sacrifice their lives raising their children in many ways. To many mothers, once you have a child, you are a mother for life, and you will not stop worrying about the individuals you decided to devote your soul to until the day you die. Most mother worries about their children and their future, no matter what path they determined to take; she rejoices in your successes and supports you in your time of need.
In no way were Christian sentiments incorporated into this holiday. Just like Father’s Day, just like Teacher’s Day, and whatever kind of Days that the world celebrate to appreciate individuals who live their lives as a candle. So, Malaysian Muslims, arm yourself with simple knowledge so the world will not laugh at you, as they did to your previous attempts to destroy holidays and your increasingly ignorant racial and religious intolerant remarks.
Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March or May. It complements Father’s Day, a similar celebration honoring fathers.
The celebration of Mother’s Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration. Despite this, in some countries Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.
The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She then began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers, and/ or maternal figure on mother’s day.
Various observances honoring mothers existed in America during the 1870s and the 1880s, but these never had resonance beyond the local level. Jarvis never mentioned Julia Ward Howe‘s attempts in the 1870s to establish a “Mother’s Day for Peace”, nor any connection to the Protestant school celebrations that included “Children’s Day” amongst others. Neither did she mention the traditional festival of Mothering Sunday, but always said that the creation was hers alone. For more information on previous attempts, see the “United States” section in this article.
In most countries, Mother’s Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it has evolved in the United States. As adopted by other countries and cultures, the holiday has different meanings, is associated with different events (religious, historical or legendary), and is celebrated on different dates.
In some cases, countries already had existing celebrations honoring motherhood, and their celebrations then adopted several external characteristics from the American holiday, such as giving carnations and other presents to one’s mother.
The extent of the celebrations varies greatly. In some countries, it is potentially offensive to one’s mother not to mark Mother’s Day. In others, it is a little-known festival celebrated mainly by immigrants, or covered by the media as a taste of foreign culture.
Mother’s Day in most Arab countries is celebrated on 21 March, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. It was introduced in Egypt by journalist Mustafa Amin in his book Smiling America (1943). The idea was overlooked at the time. Later Amin heard the story of a widowed mother who devoted her whole life to raising her son until he became a doctor. The son then married and left without showing any gratitude to his mother. Hearing this, Amin became motivated to promote “Mother’s Day”. The idea was first ridiculed by president Gamal Abdel Nasser but he eventually accepted it and Mother’s Day was first celebrated on 21 March 1956. The practice has since been copied by other Arab countries.
When Mustafa Amin was arrested and imprisoned, there were attempts to change the name of the holiday from “Mother’s Day” to “Family Day” as the government wished to prevent the occasion from reminding people of its founder. These attempts were unsuccessful and celebrations continued to be held on that day; classic songs celebrating mothers remain famous to this day.