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    Celebrating Mothers Worldwide: The Unique Polish Tradition

    Today is Mother’s Day in Poland, celebrated annually on May 26th. Unlike many countries that observe Mother’s Day on the first or second Sunday of May, Poland has chosen this specific date. Interestingly, some nations recognize International Women’s Day as a time to honor mothers. The origins of Mother’s Day trace back to two distinct traditions—European and American.

    Historical Roots

    In ancient Greece, mother goddesses symbolized fertility and abundance. This tradition reemerged in 17th century Britain, where “Mothering Sunday” was observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Initially, it referred to returning to one’s “mother” church, but eventually evolved into a family reunion day, transforming into what we now know as Mother’s Day. In the United States, the holiday gained momentum in the late 19th century, transitioning from Mother’s Work Day to Mother’s Peace Day, and finally, in 1914, Congress declared it a national holiday.

    Today, Mother’s Day is a global event with over two billion mothers worldwide. The primary goal of this day is to express gratitude for the immense effort mothers invest in raising their children and to shower them with love and appreciation. Popular gifts include flowers, handmade cards, and sweets. The number of children per mother has decreased significantly from 7-10 in the 18th century to 2-3 today. Remarkably, the record for the most children born to one mother belongs to a Russian woman, Vassilyev, who gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765.

    A Day of Global Recognition

    Mother’s Day, despite its different dates and customs, is a universally cherished celebration. It serves as a reminder of the vital role mothers play in our lives, and it is a time to honor their dedication and love. Whether celebrated in May or on another date, the sentiment remains the same: deep gratitude for mothers everywhere.

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