A Brief History of Mother’s Day

As you can imagine, cultures have been celebrating mothers since way before the Hallmark card. There has been evidence of some form of celebration of mothers going back to ancient Egypt. This culture honored the goddess Isis as the mother of the Pharoahs.

Mothering Day was a common celebration held during the Middle Ages and was celebrated at the end of the Lenten season, but this day was more to celebrate the Mother Church than the congregants. Mothering Day soon gave way to Mother’s Day in a form that is similar to what is celebrated today.

In the United States, the modern concept of Mother’s Day was started by Julia Ward Howe. Julia wanted mothers who had lost their sons during the Civil War to stand up and celebrate peace and motherhood. While there were some people who followed Howe, the celebration was more regional than national and was quickly forgotten.

Anna M. Jarvis, however, took up the cause of creating a national Mother’s Day to honor her mother who had passed away. What began in 1908 as a celebration of motherhood in Jarvis’ local church soon spread across the country, and was copied in countries around the world.

By 1914 there was so much support for the holiday that President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in March as the newest national holiday – Mother’s Day.

Today Mother’s Day is celebrated in countries around the world at various times of the year, but many countries do celebrate during the month of May.

The traditions may vary from country to country but the concept is the same – to honor mothers and their influences in the lives of those around them.

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