Happy Mother’s Day!
Happy Mother’s Day!
The History of the beloved celebration
Believe it or not, Mother’s day has not always been a celebrated holiday. In fact, it’s only become what it is today in the last century here in the US. So, where did the holiday originate from and who was the one to start it? While I would like to say it was men, and maybe even children who worked hard to create a day that celebrated the woman who raised them, I shouldn’t be surprised to announce that it was in fact, two women who brought Mother’s day to life (who’s kidding… no one’s really surprised by this. Of course women made up a day that celebrated themselves, right?).
Mother’s Day has become a day where family comes together to celebrate the matriarch in the family. A day that we finally show our mom’s the love and appreciation they deserve (even though most moms would much rather feel this appreciation every day). A day where families get together for brunch and shower the leading lady with flowers and gifts. Again… I repeat… two women created this holiday. The two women in fact, were Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis.
An American abolitionist, and social activist, Julia Ward Howe dedicated her life to her work, founding a weekly Woman’s Journal and it was in there that she proposed that every year on June 2nd, a celebration known as “Mother’s Day” be recognized across the nation. Although she fought hard for this to happen, it never caught on. Though years later, her article, “Appeal to Womanhood Around the World” was considered to be the “Mother’s Day Proclamation”. Though Julia Ward Howe dedicated her life to women’s rights and was very successful in the women’s fight for equality, she would not live to see her holiday come official. Thankfully, her sister-in-law, Anna Jarvis, continued her efforts for her.
Also a social activist, Anna Jarvis fought hard to make Mother’s Day what it is. After her mother’s death, and then her sister-in-law’s death, Anna proposed a day every year that is dedicated to celebrating the mother in everyone’s life. Beginning her efforts in 1908, Jarvis spent significant time writing to business executives, politicians, and religious groups at both state and national levels to propose her idea. It wasn’t until 1914 that her dream came true. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day to be celebrated the second Sunday of May, of every year to follow.
Today, Mother’s day is celebrated in 46 countries around the world. Now, that’s what I call a victory.
So, now you know, the origins of Mother’s Day. Don’t forget this come this Sunday! Show your mom some wonderful love and appreciation, because let’s all admit it, she deserves it!