Mother’s Day Stunning and known History, but no one wants to know
So while most of us will be celebrating mother’s day and taking care of our mothers, gifting them, surprising them, cooking for them, taking them out for dinner, etc., very few of us actually know the history of this day. Did you know that the woman who found Mother’s day was not even a mother herself? And that the woman who dedicated almost her whole life to bring Mother’s day on calendars, actually later wanted to end it because people had started exploiting the day for their own businesses.
The woman we are talking about is late. Anna Marie Jarvis, the founder of what we today celebrate as Mother’s day worldwide. She was the daughter of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, a social activist who, to reduce infant mortality, organized events called Mothers’ Day Work Clubs. In these events, many doctors were invited to educate the mothers on how to keep their children healthy, and how to be clean and hygienic..
Inspired by this good notion of her Mother, Anna thought of making Mother’s day, a nation-wide observed day.
Anna, in 1876, said that she heard her mother recite the following prayer after teaching a Sunday school lesson:
“I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life.”
After the death of her mother in the year 1905, Anna Maria Jarvis vowed to herself that she would make her mother’s dream come true.
Anna did not stop making efforts and kept trying to all the life in her to bring Mother’s day on the Calendar. Finally, on May 9, 1914, Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States of America signed a proclamation following untiring efforts by Anna Marie Jarvis. The United States, then declared the second Sunday of May a national holiday “as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country”.
By the 1920s, florists and confectioners had capitalized on the holiday. Anna spent the rest of her life fighting the commercialization of Mother’s Day.
So, this was the story of pain and hard work that was behind the Mother’s day we celebrate today. Like Anna, we too should conspire to make any and every dream of our mothers come true.