Today on Days to remember we celebrate how on May 10th 1908, which was on a Sunday. The first Mother’s Day took place during a church service in Grafton West Virginia.
Whose idea was it to have a Mother’s Day?
Origin of Mother’s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. But the roots of Mother’s Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US.
The idea of official celebration of Mothers day in US was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872.
An activist, writer and poet Julia shot to fame with her famous Civil War song, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2 be annually celebrated as Mothers Day and should be dedicated to peace.
Anna Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mothers Day in US. Though Anna Jarvis never married and never had kids, she is also known as the Mother of Mothers Day, an apt title for the lady who worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers.
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.
Growing negligent attitude of adult Americans towards their mothers and a desire to honor her mother’s soar ambitions.
Carnations were her mother’s favorite flower and Anna felt that they symbolized a mother’s pure love, and on May 10th 1908, the first Mother’s Day celebration was held in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother.
Later Anna along with her supporters wrote letters to people in positions of power lobbying for the official declaration of Mothers Day holiday.
The hard work paid off. 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.
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