“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Ever wondered when Mother’s Day started and why? They say the honoring of mothers goes back to the ancient Greek era when the mother of many Greek mythology deities was honored. In recent history, Christians began to celebrate Mothering Sunday in England during the fourth week of Lent as a tribute to all mothers. Celebrations began with a church service to honor Virgin Mary and flowers and gifts were given by children to their mothers as a token of love.
Mothers Day in the United States is attributed to Julia Ward Howe who began observing this day on June 2nd around 1870 to promote pacifism. In those days, a common practice was meetings for mothers whose sons had died fighting the American Civil War.
The day gained wider recognition after 1907, when young Anna Marie Jarvis started celebrating Mothers day in Grafton, West Virginia, privately in memory of her late mother. In the beginning, Anna sent carnations, her mother’s favorite flowers, to the local church service. Later, she went on to promote this day to a national holiday. On May 14th, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed an official declaration stating the second Sunday of May every year as Mothers Day.
Today, Mothers Day is celebrated all across the world with children expressing their deepest love and gratitude.
I have to count my Mother as one of the best in the world and send her best wishes for a wonderful day!