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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Mother's Day

Mother's Day was originally conceived by Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910). After the American Civil War, she suggested it as a day dedicated to peace and the honoring of the pacifism of mothers. Howe organized Mother's Day meetings every year in Boston but the idea failed to take off.

In 1907 Anna Jarvis of Grafton, West Virginia decided to commemorate her mother's life by inviting a number of friends to her home and announcing her plans to organize a celebration of mothers.

The following year, on May 10, 1908, Anna persuaded her church, Andrews Methodist Church, to hold the first ever official Mother's Day service where her own mother had once taught Sunday school.

Anna Jarvis chose a carnation as the emblem of Mother's Day because it was her mom's favourite flower.

Northern Pacific Railway postcard for Mother's Day 1916.

The custom caught on and spread rapidly and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother's Day. This tradition is now observed in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday in May.

Anna Jarvis later became unhappy with the commercialization of Mother's Day and began organizing a petition to rescind the annual event. She was placed in a sanitarium, and people connected with the floral and greeting card industries paid the bills to keep her there.

Mothering Sunday is a holiday celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Christians in the UK and some other parts of Europe. It falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter.

In Serbia it's the mothers who give presents to their children on this special day.

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