The History of Mother’s Day!
Moms are the best! Make sure you take the time to tell your mom how much she means to you this weekend! Of course, you should tell her every chance you get!
Tell us about your mom below or just wish her a Happy Mother’s Day!
The history of Mother’s Day goes thousands of years to the Greeks and ancient Roman celebrations. Mother’s Day as we know it, according to Wikipedia:
The first attempts to establish a “Mother’s Day” in the United States came from women’s peace groups. A common early activity was the meeting of groups of mothers whose sons had fought or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War.
In 1868, Ann Jarvis – mother of Anna Jarvis – created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day”, the purpose of which was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War.” Jarvis – who had previously organized “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to improve sanitation and health for both Union and Confederate encampments undergoing a typhoid outbreak – wanted to expand this into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular. Her daughter would continue her mother’s efforts.
May 8, 1914 Congress passed a bill that made Mother’s Day the second Sunday in May.
For more history on the early, I mean really early beginnings of Mother’s Day just click here.