Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Why Do We Celebrate Mother’s Day?

Mother's Day Cake

In the U.S Mother’s Day is celebrated on 2nd Sunday of May. It was first observed in Philadelphia in 1907. In England there was an annual observance called ‘The Mothering Sunday’. In the U.S in 1908 Ana Jarvis began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day.

She persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the death anniversary of her mother. Constant efforts were taken to get the 2nd Sunday of May recognized as official Mother’s Day.

Many other countries celebrate their own Mother’s Day at different times of the year.


Below Mother’s Day info from Wikipedia (

The modern Mother's Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, as a day to honor mothers and motherhood; especially within the context of families, and family relationships.[1] It is now celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, some of which have a much older tradition than the modern holiday (e.g. dating to the 16th century in the UK). Father's Day is a corresponding holiday honoring fathers.

The holiday eventually became so commercialized that many, including its founder, Anna Jarvis, considered it a "Hallmark Holiday", i.e. one with an overwhelming commercial purpose. Anna ended up opposing the holiday she had helped to create.[


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