Mothers Day History

Post date: May 11, 2012 5:53:54 PM

Mothers are the sweetest gift from Gods to us.

There is no way we can ever really thank our mother for all she does for us nevertheless we must make it a habit to keep reminding ourselves of the various sacrifices she made while raising us.

Mothers’ Day is the best time to say in words how much you love and care for your mum.

Mother’s Day has ancient origins. In Greece, the people kept a special day to honor Rhea, the mother of the Greek gods. In Rome a few centuries later, the goddess Juno was honored at a feast called the Matronalia. The ancient Egyptians had a holiday honoring Isis, mother of Horus.

Mother’s Day became established as a Christian holiday in Europe. In the 16th century, apprentices and indentured servants were allowed to return home to visit their families on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This tradition may have given rise to the British Mothering Sunday.

Mothering Sunday failed to catch on in early America. However, in the United States during the time of the Civil War, Ann Jarvis, a young Appalachian woman, organized women on both sides of the conflict to work for to improve sanitation on “Mother’s Work Days.” When Ann Jarvis died in the early 1900′s, her daughter, Anna, started a passionate crusade for Mother’s Day as a national holiday.

A loving daughter from West Virginia, Anna Jarvis is recognised as a 'Founder of Mothers Day' and 'Mother of Mothers Day'. Anna kept the word of her activist mother, Mrs Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis who once expressed a wish that someone should strive to provide mothers their due recognition. After her mothers death in 1905, Anna's determination became strong and she along with several supporters started lobbying for the official holiday on Mothers Day by writing letters to the people in power. To celebrate Mothers Day, Anna began to send her mothers favorite flowers, carnations in her loal church requesting people to wear them in honor of their mothers. The idea gained immense popularity over the years and in 1910, West Virginia became the first state to recognize Mothers Day holiday. On May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

Anna took little joy in her success. She began to speak out against the commercialization of her holiday. But by then it was too late-Mother’s Day was established.

Today, Mother’s Day is an important holiday celebrated in some form all over the world. Send your mother our flowers, special gifts on Mother’s Day, but make sure she knows that she’s appreciated all year round.

HAPPY MOTHERS'S DAY to ALL great Mothers !!