Origin of Mothers Day

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Here are the origins of Mother's Day:

  • Mother's Day is a holiday to celebrate moms. It is a yearly occassion to honor their love, commitment to their families, as well as to recognize the importance of the mother's role in society.


  • Anna Jarvis began campaigning for a national recognition of the holiday in 1905, when her mother died. Her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, was a peace activist and public health advocate during her lifetime.


  • In 1908, the first Mother's Day celebration began when Ann Jarvis honored her mother with a memorial service at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.


  • After 9 years of petitioning Congress to make it a national holiday, and it was signed in 1914 that Mother's Day would be celebrated on the second Sunday of the monthof May annually.


  • Carnations are the flower typically associated with Mother's Day.


  • Today, children give small gifts and cards to their mothers, usually hand-made, while husbands, teachers, friends, and family send well-wishes or give small tokens of appreciation to the women in their lives who are mothers.


  • Often times, mothers are pampered in some way on their special day.