The meaning behind celebrating Mother’s Day
Why we celebrate Mother’s Day
Anna Jarvis founded Mother’s Day in the United States.
Her mother passed in 1905 after spending much of her life caring for wounded soldiers. Anna Jarvis wanted to honour her Mother’s legacy by continuing the work she had devoted her life to.
She admired her own mother so much that she felt everyone should set aside one day a year to honour their own.
On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day in America. It soon caught on and spread across the world.
Anna Jarvis never got to be spoiled on Mother’s Day as she never had children. She soon grew upset by the way greetings cards companies removed the meaning from Mother’s day and made it about profit, not love and gratitude.
She wanted children to give love, cards and gifts which had meaning and came from the heart. Anyone who has had a homemade card from a child knows that it is worth more than anything.
How do you spell Mother’s Day?
The apostrophe goes between the R and the S as Anna Jarvis felt that it should be the singular of mother as it is about each family honouring its own mother. People who aren‘t sure often call it Mothering Sunday.
Facts about Mother’s Day
- Most people leave it late, only buying their Mother’s Day gift in the five days before Mother’s Day.
- It moves each year as it is the Fourth Sunday in Lent
- The day traditionally starts with tea and toast in bed, a bunch of flowers and lunch in a restaurant. Children also often do household chores on Mother’s Day although many mothers don’t pursue this as it leads to so much bickering.