It is thought that Mother's Day was celebrated by ancient Romans some 250 years before Christ, but I'm not going to go that far back. The fourth Sunday of lent was celebrated by early Christians in honor of the Virgin Mary, Christ's mother. The ancients Greeks, also, celebrated mothers.
the celebration was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering
Sunday. This tradition was started in
the 1600's in U.K.
when Mothering Sunday was celebrated on the fourth day of lent, which included
service in church to honor Virgin Mary.
Children brought sweets and flowers in order to express love toward
their own mothers. England
Even those who worked away from their families were encouraged to visit their mothers and honor them. By the 19th century, the custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday almost completely died out although there are certain accounts of some celebrations after World War II.
Julia Ward Howe, an activist, writer and poet was the first to suggest the idea of official celebration of the Mother's Day. In her famous Mothers Day Proclamation, written in
in 1870 she wrote
a passionate appeal to women and urged them rise against war. She suggested a day of honor for mothers in June;
she also initiated a Mothers' Peace Day observance on second Sunday in
June. Her idea, backed by her relentless
campaigns and calls for the official day later spread and replaced Mother's
Peace Day. Boston
Anna Jarvis is often referred to as the 'Mother of Mothers Day is considered to be the found of the celebration in the
. The activist was inspired by her own mother,
Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis, who wanted to see the existence of Mother's Day. US
After much lobbying, campaigns and awareness programs, her hard work paid off. By 1911, almost all the states in the
celebrated Mother's day. On United States May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson
signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
People all around the world take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and than them for all their love and support. Mother's Day is celebrated today in these countries these countries:
US , India ,
Denmark , Italy
Turkey, Finland ,
Australia , Mexico
and many more. Canada
Happy Mother's Day! To my mother, I love you and still miss you. You were the best and anyone who has a great mother is lucky. Have a great week and see you next Sunday.
Sandra K. Marshall, author@ Eirelander Publishing