Mother’s Day has a number of origins around the world, and as each country recognizes Mother’s Day at a time which reflects their original festival, the actual date of celebration varies the world over.
In the late 1800’s in the United States, a social activist named Julia Ward Howe, organized special services and rallies for women to unite against war. In 1870 she wrote a proclamation calling for mothers to unite against war, and tried (but failed) to get formal recognition for a Mother’s Day of Peace. At the same time, another woman named Ann Jarvis was also working in the women’s movement, attempting to improve sanitation conditions for women on both sides of the Civil War.
After Ann passed away years later, her daughter Anna organized a special church service as a tribute to her late mother. The service was held on 10th May 1908, (the third anniversary of Ann’s death), and was to honour all mothers, both those who were living and those who had passed away.
The service became very popular, and over the years developed into a regular celebration. Anna campaigned to ministers, businessmen and politicians to make the day a national holiday, and in 1914 a resolution was passed in both houses of representatives to call the second Sunday in May – Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis has been called the mother of Mother’s Day.
I am looking forward to spending the day with my mother, daughters and grandchildren. Wishing all mothers a wonderful Mother’s Day!!!
My favourite…Champagne Coloured Roses