Of course, we know that 2nd Sunday of the month of May is dedicated to mothers all over the world and is celebrated as Mother’s Day. However, do we know why we celebrate it?
So here is a crash course of the reason why we celebrate it and why we celebrate it on the 2nd Sunday of May every year…
Mother’s Day – Origin Story
It was a simple task of arranging a memorial for her mother that Anna Jarvis began the tradition of Mother’s Day in Virginia in 1908. Her mother was a peace activist who tended to wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. She had also created “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to discuss and make mothers aware of public health issues. Anna Jarvis continued with the wonderful work that her mother had started. Ms. Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by setting aside a special day that would honor all mothers everywhere.
After facing a lot of trials and tribulations, Ms. Jarvis was finally successful when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation in 1914 that the second Sunday of May should be dedicated to honoring all mothers and will be a National Holiday.
Hallmark cards started initially monetizing this day by selling cards and other merchandizes. They made it into a PR event. Eventually it spread all over the world and now almost everybody celebrates Mother’s Day by doing something out of the ordinary for their mothers.
Let us know in the comments section below what is special for you this Mother’s Day…
- May 13, 2018
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