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Quick History of Mother's Day

Quick History of Mother's Day

It’s that time of year again where we celebrate Mothers.  Perhaps the single most important person for everyone of the planet Mom’s mean the world to us all. Every year we set aside a day to celebrate them and nearly everyone will agree that one day is not enough and, to be honest, every day is mother’s  day. Don’t forget that Lowes have an amazing range of products that would make the perfect Mother’s day gift and with a Lowes Money Off Coupon from We Are Coupons you can afford to spend a little bit more on Mom by saving some money on what she really wants. But what is the history of Mother’s Day?

An ancient celebration

Mother’s day in 2020 falls on Sunday 10th May but this has not always been the case. Celebrating what mothers are can be traced back to ancient Greeks and Romans where the mother Goddesses of Rhea and Cybele were worshipped. This was surpassed and a Christianity took hold, especially in Europe Mother Sunday became part of the church calendar. Mothering Sunday was traditionally held on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was considered a time when people returned to Mother Church as a special service was held to “promote” this. This soon became secularized and while the Uk, especially does not celebrate Mother’s Day at the same time as the US the US tradition is the basis for what the international celebrations today.

The Civil War

Some other evidence of Mother’s day emerging in the United States can be traced back to the Civil War when Ann Reeves Jarvis started Mother’s Day Work Clubs to help teach women how to parent. Even in a divided America these clubs were undivided and in 1868 Jarvis arrange the first “Mother’s Friendship Day” that rallied Mothers together with both Union and Confederate Troops in one common cause.  In 1870 the Mother’s Day Proclamation was written by Julia Ward Howe and around the same time Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering began to formalize Mother’s Day in America.

The Foundation of today

It was when Ann Reeves Jarvis passed away in 1905 that her daughter Anna Jarvis decided she needed to commemorate the work of her mother and all mothers that Mother’s day and modern American society knows it was formed. In 1908 Anna’s church held its first Mother’s Day celebration.  The event was successful but over time is became too commercialised for Anna and she even campaigned for it to be removed from the US calendar. However, Jarvis did not succeed, she remained single and childless all her life and the day we call Mother’s day remained.

Today, while Mother’s day has become a little commercialized it is still one of the most important days in the world calendar that celebrates the most important people on earth.

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