Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers out there!
I was thinking about it today, and realized that I really don’t know anything about Mother’s Day. I know that it is a day to honor and celebrate mothers, motherhood, and the influence of mothers in today’s society. Of course, I researched it a little bit.
Mother’s day was first celebrated in the United States in 1908. The first memorial was held by Anna Jarvis, for her mother, in Grafton, WV. Afterwards, Anna campaigned for Mother’s Day to become a recognized holiday. Mother’s Day was accepted by other countries and is now nationally celebrated. Most countries celebrate the holiday in April or May and give cards or gifts to their maternal figures.
This is where it gets interesting. Four years after the creation of the holiday, Anna Jarvis created the Mother’s Day International Association and trademarked “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day”. She believed that “Mother’s” should be singular because each family was supposed to honor its mother. It wasn’t meant to be a plural possessive commemorating all mother’s.
Visit the Mother’s Day Wikipedia page for Mother’s Day dates around the world.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom!