All the celebrations and festivals have some or the other reason in their roots as their origin. And they are all supported by several traditions. These traditions may vary region to region but their ultimate objective is quite similar. Same is the case with the Mother's Day celebrations
Mothers Day Origin In The United Kingdom (England)
The modern way of celebrating the holy Mother's Day has its roots
back into the seventeenth century England culture.
Today the mother's day is celebrated with families. This is the day
when people bring flowers and gifts to their moms. But originally
all this begins with the "Mothering Sunday", which was the
fourth Sunday in Lent.
The Mothering Sunday was the day in earlier times when all the
children who were away from their homes were allowed to return their
homes. However they were away from their homes either for learning a
trade or to work as servants to earn livelihood.
Gradually it became a tradition that on this day the family used to
gather for a mid-Lenten feast in which the Mother was treated as the
'Special Guest'. As the children visited their moms on this day in
order to spend entire day with their mothers they used to give
treats of cakes to their mothers. They also used to get wildflower
bouquets and other such things for their mothers.
The same 'Mothering Sunday' is today celebrated as and
popularly known as the Mother's Day.
Mother's Day Origin In the United States Of America
In the United States Of America (USA) the situation was quite
different. There the early English settlers often disapproved of
more secular holidays and this is why the Mothering Sunday tradition
never really took hold in the USA. Even some early attempts made
there in this regard were mixed with women's suffrage and other
In the USA it was Julia Ward Howe, the author of the words to the
Battle Hymn of the Republic, who came with the idea of an
International Mother's day in 1872. It is noticeable here that her
objective behind this was not exactly to honor mothers but to
celebrate the peace.
Another important name associated with present form of Mother's Day
celebrations is of Anna Jarvis. Anna Jarvis was the person who made
lots of efforts for establishing Mother's Day, as a national
celebration. Jarvis held an annual gathering "Mother's
Friendship Day", with an objective to heal the pain of the
victims and those affected of the Civil War. After the death of her
mother in 1905, Anna began a campaign for the establishment of an
official Mother's Day in order to commemorate and pay tribute to her
It could be said that Anna Jarvis devoted her entire life making
efforts to have Mother's Day declared as a national holiday. She
began her struggle in the spring of 1908. As her first step made in
this direction she wrote to the Superintendent of Andrew's Methodist
Church in Grafton, West Virginia. This was the place where her
mother had taught Sunday School classes for over 20 years. In her
letter to the Superintendent she urged that a Mother's Day service
should be held in honor of her mother.
First Mother's Day Celebration Service
As a result of her efforts the first official Mother's Day was
celebrated on May 10, 1908 at Andrew's Methodist Church, where her
mother had taught. 407 persons attended this celebration. For this
function held at the church in Grafton Anna Jarvis sent 500 white
carnations. One carnation was to be worn by each son and daughter
and two by each mother in attendance.
Another Mother's Day Celebration Service
Another Mother's Day celebration service was held in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia was the place where Anna resided with her brother. She
celebrated Mother's Day there later that afternoon.
Official Mother's Day
Finally in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared that Mother's Day
should be celebrated as a national holiday on the second Sunday in
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