The History of Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is known nationwide as the day that mothers across the country are honored for all the love they provided their children with and sacrifices they made for them.

According to the History Channel, the origins of Mother’s Day dates back to 1908. Anna Jarvis created the holiday after her mother’s death in 1905. The death of Jarvis’ mother inspired her to have a day that would appreciate everything mothers do for their families on a daily basis.

In May 1908, she received funds from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker and held the first official Mother’s Day celebration in a Methodist Church in West Virginia.

Jarvis began to advocate for Mother’s Day to become an official national holiday. She argued that American holidays were focused too much on male accomplishments. Jarvis established a letter writing campaign to newspapers and high-level politicians encouraging the creation of a day held every year to appreciate mothers across the country.

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that officially makes Mother’s Day a national holiday that is celebrated the second Sunday in May.

Initially, Jarvis was excited that the holiday would be officially celebrated nationally. When businesses such as florists and card companies used Mother’s Day as an opportunity to make profit, Jarvis was disappointed because she intended the holiday to be a personal event between mothers and their families.

Although Jarvis fought to get Mother’s Day removed from the calendar until her death, the United States of America continue to celebrate the holiday after more than 100 years since it was established.