A Pakistani woman carries her son as she walk on a street in Islamabad on May 13, 2012, on Mother's Day. Pakistan celebrated Mother’s Day on May 13 to share their sentiments and express love for their mothers.  AFP PHOTO/Farooq NAEEM

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)

Ann Jarvis

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.

Anna Jarvis

Anna Jarvis

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.

 President Woodrow WIlsonPresident Woodrow Wilson

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.

Px08-030 HYDERABAD: May08 – An aged mother feeding her disabled son on a footpath outside a hotel, on the eve of Mother’s Day. ONLINE PHOTO by Nadeem Khawer
An aged mother feeding her disabled son on a footpath outside a hotel, on the eve of Mother’s Day.

But one thing remains the same: The Holiday is meant to honor mothers whose love and sacrifice embody the ideals of Motherhood.


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