Thursday, May 5, 2011

How was Mother's Day created?

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I'm sure plenty of people are scrambling around trying to figure out what to get their mom's for the special day. But have you ever wondered where the holiday came from and why exactly we celebrate the day? Certainly, with everything that mother's do and how much they influence our every day lives from the time we are in the womb to the time we take our last breath, mothers deserve a day all their own. But when and how did the day come about?

Interestingly, Mother's Day was not created by the greeting card industry although it is the third largest card sending holiday in the U.S. It actually has it's origins in Ancient Greece where each spring patrons celebrated Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.

Modern day Mother's Day is credited to Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Anna Jarvis in the mid 19th century.

"After her mother’s death in 1905 Anna Jarvis dedicated her life to creating a day that honored mothers—living and dead.She took up a letter writing campaign and brought her idea up to everyone she could. Eventually a local church, Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, WV, where Jarvis had taught Sunday school classes for 20 years, took notice and is credited with the first Mother’s Day observance."

And in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the second Sunday in May was Mother's Day in the United States

Read More about the creation of Mother's day here.

So as Mother's Day approaches, think about all the wonderful things your mother, mommie to be, and surrogate mom has done to influence you in your life. Give her something special and from the heart that you know she'll enjoy for years to come.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers, Mommies to be, and Surrogate Moms out there. It's because of you that we live today.

The Unemployed Entrepreneur

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