Mother’s Day is dedicated to all the hard working women out there, it’s a day where children pay tribute and give thanks to their mothers with letters, cards, flowers and even, gifts. But this tradition is a fairly new holiday with origin rarely understood.
The celebration of mothers has been around since Ancient Greece with the Greeks paying tribute to the mother of all gods, Rhea, during a traditional spring festival. After this, the only other major celebration of mothers noted in history was during the medieval era in England. It started off with slaves being allowed to visit their mothers on the fourth Sunday of Lent, however, it was later recognised as a day where the truly faithful would go home to their ‘mother-church’ for a special service.
The specific origin of the Mother’s Day that we celebrate today has come from its original founder, Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. As a child, Anna deeply respected and loved her mother, a woman who spent most of her adulthood caring for the wounded during the civil war and later becoming a heavy community activist. When Anna was 12, she recalled her mother praying, asking for a day dedicated to the memorial of mothers. When Anna’s mother passed away in 1905, she strived to take her mothers prayer and make it a reality.
In 1908, Anna received financial backing from a department store in Philadelphia. With this, she organised her first celebration of mothers at a methodist church in Grafton, and the same department store also held a celebration in Philadelphia.
Following the success, Anna who remained unmarried and childless for the rest of her life, set out to make this day an official holiday, arguing that all American holidays were very biased towards men. By 1912, most cities adopted their own version of Mother’s Day, dedicating it to current and past mothers and in 1914, Anna got her wish with President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure to officially establish the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Once this became official, the card companies and florists got on board, eventually commercialising the day.
Today, Mother’s Day still holds it original values as a day to remember mothers who are no longer with us and to commemorate current and even new mothers in a bid to thank them for all they have done.
How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day this year?
St George Leagues Club will be hosting Mother’s Day this year with a special menu, a complimentary drink with any Brasserie special meal and the chance to win a special Mother’s Day competition.
Spoil your Mum in style this Mother’s Day.