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Mothers Day History

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History Of Mothers Day

Mothers Day history and the first celebration can be traced far back to ancient Greece, when people partook in a spring celebration to honor the Mother of the Gods, Rhea. Although you may think that Mother's Day is a more modern holiday,

During the 1600s, people in England celebrated a day that they called "Mothering Sunday." This holiday was observed during the 4th Sunday of Lent, which is the 40 days prior to Easter. Mothering Sunday seems much like the Mother's Day we know today, because the English used the day to honor their mothers.

At this time, those who were poor often worked as servants for those who were rich.  Many held these jobs far away from their own homes, so they would often live with their employers. When Mothering Sunday occurred, servants were given the day off to allow them to travel and visit their mothers. Often times, these servants brought with them a special cake, referred to as a mothering cake.

It wasn’t long before Christianity began to spread throughout Europe, so it’s no surprise that the holiday soon changed. This time, instead of honoring mothers, it would honor “Mother Church,” which was the spiritual power considered not only to have given them life, but to also protect them from any harm. Over time, this church-related celebration merged with Mothering Sunday, allowing people to use the day to both honor the church, as well as their mothers.

The First Mothers Day

Julia Ward Howe, known for writing the well-known Battle Hymn of the Republic, first suggested Mother’s Day to the United States in 1872 as a day for peace. Not only did she suggest this, but she was also known to hold Mother’s Day meetings each year in Boston.

Several years later, in 1907, Philadelphia resident Ana Jarvis campaigned to have Mother’s Day nationally established. She asked the church her mother had attended, located in Grafton, West Virginia, to celebrate the holiday on the day marking the second anniversary of the day her mother dies, which was the 2nd Sunday in May.

The following year, Philadelphia had picked up the holiday, as well. Soon, Jarvis and supports started writing to businessmen, politicians, and ministers, asking them to establish the holiday nationally. By 1911, their work was a success, with the holiday being celebrated in nearly every state. Then, in 1914, President Wilson officially proclaimed that Mother’s Day would be a national holiday held on the 2nd Sunday in May each year.

Many countries throughout the world also celebrate Mother’s Day, although not all of them observe the holiday at the same time. For some, they celebrate on various days throughout the year. However, for countries such as Finland, Denmark, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, and Austria, they celebrate Mother’s Day on the familiar date of the 2nd Sunday in May.

Although we may not always have time during the year to tell our mothers how much we care, Mother’s Day is a perfect time to do so.

Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to show your mother, stepmother, or anyone you consider to be a mother-figure just how much you appreciate her.
Mothers Day History
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