Today is Mother’s Day 2018, and while many might call it just another greeting card holiday, it can only be a good thing to wish your mom and give her a gift. Nonetheless, Google has decided to commemorate Mothers’ Day in typical fashion – with a Google Doodle. The special drawing this time is a simple one, but it definitely has impact.
The Doodle shows two finger-painted dinosaurs, representing a mother and child. The dinosaur resembles the stegosaurus, made famous in the Jurassic Park movies, and the spikes on the dinosaur’s backs and represented by hand imprints. The Doodle is simple and to-the-point; it captures the essence of childhood, with your mother right there beside you through the best and worst times. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year, and therefore the exact date varies according to the calendar.
Clicking on the doodle takes you into the Google search for Mother’s Day. First celebrated in its current form in the early 20th century, Mother’s Day is not associated to any religious holidays, and indeed there are many other festivals in different cultures that also celebrate motherhood. The current version was created in the US by Anna Jarvis, who first held a memorial ceremony to honor her mother and other mothers on May 10, 1908.
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She later criticized the increasing commercialization of Mother’s Day, as it turned less into a celebration to honor motherhood and more of what is referred to as a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ – one which exists in order to sell gifts and greeting cards. While others profited from her creation, she herself did not, and fell into a life of economic hardship, until she passed away in 1948. Ironically, Anna Jarvis herself never married or had children, and never become a mother herself.