Published On: Thu, May 3rd, 2018

Brief History about US Mother’s Day

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Since the beginning of time, mother’s have been celebrated. Today, it has evolved into a holiday.

Before Anna Jarvis

Brief History about US Mother's Day

The day may have started from a custom in ancient Greece to celebrate Cybele, a great mother of Greek gods. It was held around the Vernal Equinox near Asia Minor and then in Rome around mid-March. The ancient Romans also celebrated Matronalia, a ceremony dedicated to Juno. Mothers were thought to receive gifts on this day.

US Mother’s Day History

In the United States, what is known as modern-day Mother’s Day has been celebrated since being nationally recognized in 1914 after a campaign by Anna Jarvis. Jarvis was born in West Virginia as the daughter of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, a social activist during the American Civil War.

After the death of Jarvis’ mother, she embarked on a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a nationally recognized holiday. Early attempts were marked by women’s peace groups where mother’s of sons who had fought or died on opposite sides of the Civil War would meet.

By the 1920s, Mother’s Day had become commercialized. Anna Jarvis became a major opponent of what the holiday had become; a collection of greeting cards and retail sales. She claimed she was opposed to the selling of greeting cards because it was a sign of being too lazy to write a personal letter. In 1948 she was arrested for disturbing the peace while protesting Mother’s Day. She said she “wished she would have never started the say because it became so out of control.”

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