Mother’s Day – A Holiday to Honor Motherhood

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Mother’s Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors mothers in the United States. It is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It became an official holiday in the country at the start of the 20th century as a way to honor mothers whose sons had died in the war.

母亲节是一个庆祝和纪念美国母亲的假期。在五月的第二个星期日庆祝。在20世纪初,这已成为该国的法定假日,以此来纪念儿子在战争中丧生的母亲。

The holiday is celebrated in a number of ways. People give mothers gifts like flowers, cards, and jewelry to thank them for all their hard work. A popular symbol of the holiday is the carnation. This is because when the holiday first began in the U.S. people were encouraged to wear a red carnation if their mother was alive or a white carnation if their mother was dead. Many people take their mothers out for a special meal. In fact, Mother’s Day is the most popular date in the U.S. for people to go out and eat and it is estimated that people spend billions on meals and gifts. Mother’s Day is also the most popular day to make long-distance calls in the U.S. It is the second most popular gift-giving day after Christmas.

节日有多种庆祝方式。人们给母亲礼物,如鲜花,卡片和珠宝,以感谢他们的辛勤工作。假日是康乃馨的一个流行标志。这是因为当假期首次在美国开始时,如果母亲还活着,人们就被鼓励穿红色康乃馨,如果母亲去世则鼓励人们穿白色康乃馨。许多人带母亲出去吃一顿美餐。实际上,母亲节是美国人们外出用餐最流行的日子,据估计,人们在用餐和礼物上花费了数十亿美元。母亲节也是美国拨打长途电话的最受欢迎的日子。它是圣诞节后第二受欢迎的送礼日。

Since its establishment, Mother’s Day has been criticized for becoming highly commercialized. In fact, the founder of the U.S. holiday, Anna Jarvis, began protesting the holiday and was even arrested for disturbing the peace for demonstrating. Jarvis’s own mother started the campaign to establish a mother’s holiday during the American Civil War.

自成立以来,母亲节因高度商业化而受到批评。实际上,美国假期的创建者安娜·贾维斯(Anna Jarvis)开始抗议该假期,甚至因扰乱示威游行而被捕。贾维斯(Jarvis)的母亲发起了竞选活动,目的是在美国南北战争期间建立母亲的假期。

Mothers are not the only people celebrated on this day. All mother figures including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers are honored on the holiday. In schools, many students make special gifts, including handmade cards. While widely recognized, Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday. Many other countries around the world have their own version of Mother’s Day.

母亲不是这一天庆祝的唯一人。假期中,所有母亲的身影,包括祖母,曾祖母,继母和寄养母亲,都受到表彰。在学校,许多学生会制作特殊礼物,包括手工卡片。尽管得到广泛认可,但母亲节不是联邦假日。世界上许多其他国家都有自己的母亲节版本。

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