Mother’s Day Historical Background

Mother’s Day Historical BackgroundThough the Origin of Mother’s Day is in the era of ancient Greek and Romans, the roots of Mother’s Day history is connected somewhere in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US. However, a big thank you to all the dynamic, dexterous, diligent, and passionate ladies, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, whose effort led the day, came into existence. Now the festival is famous across number of countries but is celebrated in different days. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well-wisher.

If we talk about the history of Mother’s day, it has been discovered that the Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Romans also use to celebrate a spring festival which was dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess.

According to the recent historical proofs, a mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers and then after prayers to honor Virgin Mary , children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.

A Mother's Day RetreatThe custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales. People living overseas might forget to send a card or flowers for Mother’s Day but they do remember to pick up the phone, with a study finding international call volume is higher that day than on any other holiday.

It was found that Mother’s Day is far and away the most popular day to make phone calls across the world, registering more calling traffic than any other holiday, including New Year’s and Valentine’s Day.

Except for the Koreans, who are top when it comes to calling their fathers on Father’s Day, making four times as many calls on that day than they do on Mother’s Day, the rest of the countries have always shown an increase in the call during Mother’s day.

A Mother's Touch Gift BasketIn 1872 Julia Ward Howe suggested the first official idea to celebrate Mother’s day. Julia was an activist, writer and a poet. She was quite famous for her Civil War song, “”Battle Hymn of the Republic”". Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2 be annually celebrated as Mother’s Day and should be dedicated to peace. In Boston, 1870, she wrote a dynamic plea to women and asked them to rise. After that she conducted a meeting on the second Sunday of June in Boston for various years. This day was named as Mothers’ Peace Day.

Another lady, Anna Jarvis, known as the Mother of Mother’s Day, has been recognized as the Founder of Mother’s Day in US. When her mother died, she striven hard to fulfill her mother’s desire of having a Mother’s day. Carnations were her mother’s favorite flower and the very first time to begin with, Anna sent carnations in the church service in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother. Finally, her hard work paid off: 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.

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  • HThelma:

    beautiful & perfect holiday
    I gave apple accessory to my mom
    that’s fine
    what about u??

    • Dwight:

      Nothing, my mom already knows that I love and appreciate her.

      • Don-Midors:

        Same here.

        • Andrew:

          Well that’s terrific!!! You appreciate her so much, that you won’t even make her a card.

  • Wayne:

    I got my mom a her favorite flowers

    • Jimmy Bates:

      and I
      just some flowers, a card and some chocolates.

  • Ernest Hill:

    Nothing matters but our presence and our love

  • Van French:

    I made my mom a delicious breakfast, took her out to eat at a fancy restaurant.

  • Alice Cain:

    I take the photos from previous years and build a nice calendar. my mum really likes this calendar.

  • Saul Arnold:

    I bought Michael Kors purse wallet. she liked it.

  • Isabel:

    I think no gift is better than your presence and care to her. Besides Mother’s day, we should spare more time to accompany our mothers.

  • Margaret:

    I restored a few old photos of my grandparents that I’m going to have printed and framed for her

    • DPbott:

      That’s cool…..

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