Do You Know How Mother's Day Began?

One of the most important people in our lives are our mothers. The second Sunday every May is celebrated to honor the person that brought us into this world ('I brought you into this world and I can take you out of it!' - ever heard that when you were a naughty little kid?).  So how did this holiday begin?

As far as wikipedia explains, it initially began in 1905 when Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother ,"the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world" she said. When the holiday took off, Anna initially protested the idea and even crashed a candy convention in Philadephia in protest.

Eventually, the holiday became a celebration all over the world but not necessarily on the same day depending on the significance of religious holidays or historical significance.

Remember your mom, your wife ,your signifcant other on this day by writing a heartfelt note, collecting a beautiful bouquet of flowers (or you can just by them ;) , take her somewhere memorable. Make it her day.


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5/10/2015 9:36 AM
In the UK we have "Mothering Sunday" It is always held on the fourth Sunday of Lent and, as the dates of Easter and Lent vary, the actual date chosen to celebrate Mothering Sunday also differs. Nowadays it's called "Mother's Day" as well, but it goes back centuries to when it was considered important for people to return to their home or “mother” church at least once a year. So each year, in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their “mother” church, or the main church or cathedral of the area.

This led to the custom of working children being given the day off to visit their family. (At that time it was quite normal for children to leave home for work once they reached ten years of age.)
As they walked back home along the country lanes on Mothering Sunday, children would pick wild flowers or primroses to take to church or give to their mothers.
If they had enough money they brought a gift with them, a “mothering cake” – a kind of fruitcake with two layers of marzipan, known as simnel cake.

But, by the nineteenth century, the holiday was dying out. The revival of Mothering Sunday in the UK is attributed to Constance Smith (1878-1938), and she was inspired in 1913 by reading a newspaper report of Anna Jarvis’s campaign in America.

Constance Smith reconnected simnel cakes and what local customs of the day that survived with the honouring of mothers. Under the pen-name C. Penswick Smith she published a booklet The Revival of Mothering Sunday in 1920. Things snowballed, impelled by feelings consequent on the loss by many mothers of their sons in the First World War.

Constance Smith’s idea was that Mothering Sunday should not be limited to just one Christian denomination, though and its popularity spread.
According to historian Cordelia Moyse, by 1938, “it was claimed that Mothering Sunday was celebrated in every parish in Britain and in every country of the Empire.”

Neither Constance Smith nor Anna Jarvis ever became mothers themselves. Anna Jarvis regretted the growing commercialisation of the day, even to disapproving of pre-printed Mother’s Day cards. “A printed card means nothing,” she said, “except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”