The Truth About Mother’s Day

Where did the holiday come from?

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the precious gift of mothers. It’s a day of gratitude, remembrance and adoration. Our maternal bonds play such a huge part in our lives. Whether it’s Mama, Mom, Big Mama, Nana, Granny or Grandma, Mother’s Day is a celebration well-deserved. But how did it begin?

Where did the holiday come from?

Wikipedia contributors. “Mother’s Day.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 May. 2018. Web. 2 May. 2018.

The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.

Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”

In 1912, Jarvis trademarked the phrases “Second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day,” and created the Mother’s Day International Association. She specifically noted that “Mother’s” should “be a singular possessive, for each family to honor its own mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.

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