The History of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is among the most well liked holidays in the country, and one of the largest days for flower shops, card stores as well as other sellers of gift items. But how did one of the most popular holidays get started? When did we begin setting a day aside to commemorate moms and everything they do with regards to their family members?
The history of Mother’s day can be traced back to ancient Greece, where the annual springtime festival was celebrated honoring Rhea, the wife of Cronus, and mother a number of Gods and Goddesses.
Early Romans are also thought to have commemorated this day known as Hilaria during the spring event to pay tribute to Cybele, a mother goddess and traces back to about 250BC.
The first Christian believers celebrated the Mother’s festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to recognize Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Interestingly, at a later date a religious order extended the holiday to add all mothers, and referred to it as the “Mothering Sunday”.
The colonists that settled in America ended the custom due to a lack of time. However, in1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a similar day for mothers dedicated to peace. It’s a milestone in the historical past of Mother’s Day.
The present day Mother’s Day holiday came to be when Anna Jarvis created a day to be for every family to pay tribute to its mother. Anna Jarvis was the child of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. On 12th May, 1907, a couple of years following her mother’s passing, she held a memorial to her mother and in addition began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” an acknowledged holiday. She succeeded in making this nationally recognized in 1914.
Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide at various times throughout the year. However, some countries including Denmark, Finland, Italy, and Australia also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May as we do in the United States.
Some of the common traditions practiced around the world include things like:
1. Wishing your mother a happy Mother’s Day by giving her a card,
2. Visiting your mother in the event you haven’t seen her for some time,
3. Getting in touch with your mother by phone.
4. Giving her a gift of personalized mother’s day candy bars.
5. Sending her flowers or a gift basket.
No matter your gift giving decisions, it should always be a day of celebrating love and gratitude for mothers everywhere. More and more frequently this also signifies honoring the individuals in our day-to-day lives that have been like mothers to us, mother’s bonds in general, as well as the positive contributions that they make to society.
What is your mother’s favorite Rose color? Classic Red?, Pink, White? How about imprinting your message in 24kt Gold? Say I love you Mom!