Mother’s Day is a Day we pay tribute to mothers and motherhood; as well as to the positive contribution to society through personal sacrifice and love; and off course putting up with us during those adolescent years.
But how did Mother’s Day come about?
Mother’s Day may have never become officially recognized if it hadn’t been for the work of Ann Jarvis and her daughter, Anna Jarvis (photographed below)
In 1868, Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a ‘Mother’s Friendship Day’ to reunite families that have been divided during the civil war.
Ann wanted to expand this into an Annual Memorial for mothers BUT she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular. Her daughter Anna would continue to work for her mother’s efforts.
On May 12, 1907, Anna held a memorial to her mother and afterwards embarked on a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday. She finally made it nationally recognized in 1917 when President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation declaring the first National’s Mother’s Day.
In most countries, Mother’s Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it has evolved in the United States. It is adopted by different countries and cultures; the holiday has different meanings, is associated with different religious, historical and legendary events.
But one thing remains the same: The Holiday is meant to honor mothers whose love and sacrifice embody the ideals of Motherhood.