The Mother of Mother's Day
If anyones deserve's a day that celebrates them, it's our Moms. But how did Mother's Day all begin?
There is no love quite like the love of a mother. For those of us that are lucky enough to have experienced it, it is truly the greatest gift that can be given. And what better way for us to show our appreciation for such a gift, than to celebrate our mothers on Mother’s Day. But how did this special day come about?
The very beginning
Well, we can trace it back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals for the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele.
The 16th Century, sees the British go on a pilgrimage to their “Mother Church” on the fourth Sunday during the Christian festival of lent. For this, domestic servants would be granted leave to visit their mother’s as well as their “Mother Church” before they were be required return in preparation for the lavish Easter celebrations. The would take small gifts of flowers and food to give to their mothers.
Ann Reeves Jarvis
It all started with Ann Reeves Jarvies, a mother from West Virgina, USA who created the “Mother’s Day Work Club” to support mother’s in her community. Together they fought to improve health, sanitation conditions and child care.
During the civil war Ann, understanding how difficult it was for a mother to send her son to fight, was a voice for reconciliation. She and her club to remain neutral in the war providing, aid and medical care to both the Confederate and Union soldiers.
Ann dedicated her life to helping and honouring other Mothers. She touched the lives of so many, and her care and compassion lead her to be deeply loved and missed when she passed on May 8th 1905.
National Mother's Day
In May 1907, on the second anniversary of her death, her devoted daughter, Anna Jarvis, held a private service in memory of her mother, and all that she stood for.
The following year Anna held a more official memorial public service of Mother’s Day. Each year the event grew larger with Anna’s new holiday gaining immense recognition and in 1914, after much petitioning, President Woodrow Wilson official made the second Sunday in May National Mother’s Day.
The holiday is now celebrated across the globe in more than 50 countries.
Mother's Day 2021
The countdown is on for this years Mother's Day, which is on the 9th May. We can help you create the most unique gift that is perfect to celebrate you mother. Contact us for more information.