The Origin of Mother's Day Will Surprise You
Mother's Day 2019: The History of the Day
By Mico Coluccio
Every year in the second week of May, we designate a specific day to honor our mothers, known as Mother's Day. With Mother's Day, we come to appreciate every little thing our mother's have done for us, whether that being those delicious meals she prepares for the family, or by doing your load of laundry when you didn't notice it. Either way, our moms have done a lot for us and this day helps us reflect on what they've done to get us where we currently are in our lives.
The annual tradition of Mother's Day dates back to the 19th century, where women held peace group meetings during the American Civil War. These meetings usually involved mothers that had sons that fought in the war and may have died because of it. These meeting helped alleviate the pain and grief that these mothers had, while also showing their true strength.
In 1868, a woman named Anna Jarvis established a "Mother's Friendship Day" to honor families reuniting that have been split due to the civil war. In following years, the day was observed by few on only special occasions. However after Jarvis' mother, Ann Jarvis, passed away in May of 1905, she vowed to get the proper recognition mothers deserve.
Three years later following the death of her mother, Jarvis held a memorial ceremony to honor her mother, as well as all mothers at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. This memorial marked the first annual celebration of Mother's Day, as the state of West Virginia marked it as an official holiday in 1910. The rest of the states following shortly after, thus becoming a national holiday.
For Mother's Day this year, be sure to give your mother a phone call, a gift, or even a visit to show your love and appreciation for everything that mothers do. So let's show her how grateful we are for having her.
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