The roots of Mother’s Day history can be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US.
Early Christians celebrated a Mother’s Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ.
History of Mother’s Day: Mothering Sunday Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers.
Julia tirelessly championed the cause of official celebration of Mother’s Day and declaration of official holiday on the day.
Though Anna Jarvis never married and never had kids, she is also known as the Mother of Mother’s Day, an apt title for the lady who worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers.
Anna Jarvis got the inspiration of celebrating Mother’s Day from her own mother Mrs. Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis in her childhood.
A loving daughter, Anna never forgot her mother’s word and when her mother died in 1905, she resolved to fulfill her mother’s desire of having a mother’s day.
By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
There is also a tradition of gifting flowers, cards and others gift to mothers on the Mother’s Day.
It is unfortunate to note that Ms. Anna Jarvis, who devoted her life for the declaration of Mother’s Day holiday was deeply hurt to note the huge commercialization of the day.
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