Around the world, there are many special occasions that celebrate mothers and motherhood. This custom is not new; days honoring mothers have been observed since ancient times.
For example, the Encyclopædia Britannica describes “a festival derived from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece.
Formal mother worship, with ceremonies to Cybele, or Rhea, the Great Mother of the Gods, were performed on the Ides of March throughout Asia Minor.”
In its modern history, Mother's Day can be traced to Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent as observed in Britain and other parts of Europe.
Originally, celebrants returned to their "mother church," usually in their hometown. Eventually the traditions shifted, and children began to present small gifts to their mothers.
Mother's Day in the United States originated with Anna Jarvis, who created the holiday in 1908.
After her mother's death, she desired "a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children." It became an official holiday in 1914, held on the second Sunday in May.
In other parts of the world, Mother's Day and similar holidays are celebrated at different times of the year.
In Thailand, it is celebrated in August, on the birthday of Queen Sirikit. In Ethiopia, Antrosht, held in August, is a celebration lasting many days. Families sing together and feast.
One thing most celebrations of mothers have in common is the gift of flowers, cards, candy, and the like. Some families give the mother a day off from household chores. The best part is, you don't need lots of money or special skills in order to make someone a special gift. All you need is a pencil and a sheet of paper.
Need some ideas? Consider the following list of drawing guides suitable for making a Mother's Day card or gift.
How to Draw a Mother's Day Heart
This easy drawing is great for making a greeting card - to make a greeting card, simply fold a piece of stiff paper in half - or as a picture on its own. The heart and ribbon are marked with the sweet sentiment "I love you Mom." See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Mother's Day Flower
This simple, step-by-step tutorial includes a tulip and the words "Mom, I love you." Whether you use your drawing as a greeting card or a stand-alone work of art, its statement says it all. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Flower Bouquet
A bouquet of flowers is one of the most quintessential Mother's Day gifts. You can draw a flower bouquet to give to mom using this easy tutorial. It contains some of the most popular flowers, including tulips and daisies. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Dad's Trophy
Don't forget about dad! This tutorial will help you to draw a trophy bearing the words "World's Best Dad." Whether or not you wait until Father's Day (celebrated the third Sunday in June), Dad will be pleased that you thought of him, too. Or you can change the text to “World’s Best Mom!”. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Teddy Bear with Heart
This cuddly teddy bear holds a hand-stitched heart reading "I Love You." What a sweet way to show Mom how much you care! See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Heart
The shape known as the heart is at the center of any gift that says how much you love the recipient. Did you know that the heart shape has symbolized love for hundreds of years? This easy tutorial will teach you to draw a simple heart, complete with a three dimensional shine. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Simple Rose
Red roses are used to symbolize love, beauty, and respect; yellow for friendship; and dark pink for appreciation and gratitude. Any of these sentiments are appropriate for showing Mom that you care. Draw this simple rose and shade its petals to send your message. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Rose Flower
This drawing guide adds detail to the rose's bloom with a head-on view of the flower. Surprise Mom with its lush and verdant petals. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Lily
In floriography, the art of sending messages using flowers, the white lily means sweetness, purity, innocence, and friendship. Use this drawing guide to show Mom how sweet you think she is! See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Lotus Flower
The lotus can be used to represent love that has been abandoned. Use the lotus to say "I'm sorry" and make up with Mom on her special day. The water lily, which this tutorial also resembles, means purity of heart. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw a Heart and Rose
Video by KidzyDraw
Put your heart into it! This video drawing guide will show you how to draw a heart, a "Mom" banner, and a rose peeking out from behind the heart. Remember, you can write whatever you want on the banner, making this tutorial useful for any event.
How to Draw a Heart and Flowers
Video by OvernightArtist
This video tutorial also features a heart with a banner, this time reading "Best Mom" in graffiti style bubble letters. The flowers in this drawing are daisies with heart shaped petals, which symbolize loyal love, innocence, and gentleness.
How to Draw a Text Flower
Video by Fun2draw
In this video, you'll use a round lid to make a perfect circle, which will become the center of a large flower with wide anime eyes. The flower forms the "O" in the middle of the word, "MOM."
How to Draw a Pusheen Cat
Video by Draw So Cute
Pusheen is a chubby grey tabby cat who stars in a series of comics, books, and products. This video tutorial will help you draw a mother cat and kitten in true Pusheen style. What does the kitten have to say? Its thought bubble reads "I [heart] my mom."
How to Draw a Mother and Baby
Video by Art for Kids Hub
Make Mom's day with this illustration of a happy cartoon mother hugging her smiling baby. This video tutorial involves simple steps, breaking the drawing down to alphabetic letters and easy to follow lines.
How to Draw a Daffodil
Daffodils are bright spring flowers, often picked by children. Most daffodils, however, have finished blooming long before Mother's Day. If you can't pick one, draw one instead! Daffodils also symbolize respect. See the drawing tutorial.
How to Draw an Art Card
Want to draw something really cool for Mom, or for Mum? This video tutorial will show you how to surround the word "Mum" with lightning bolts, skulls and crossbones, rainbows, and more. See the drawing tutorial.
Using these simple, step-by-step tutorials, you're no doubt ready to show Mom how much you care. Don't let your love of drawing end here! Check out all of our drawing guides to hone your artistic skills.