We celebrate Mother’s Day each year to pay tribute to the person who loves us the most and to show her our love. Well, at least, that’s the primary purpose this holiday was supposed to have when it was first instated.
Unfortunately, it has quickly become a commercial holiday, like many other ones, and it is celebrated all over the world at various dates. However, in Canada and the U.S., it is the second Sunday of May that we can honor motherhood and the love and the gratitude we have for our mother.
The importance of holidays
But when we think about it, we aren’t always curious about the history of holidays that we celebrate. Before I started to blog, I used to be this way too but now, I enjoy searching for every bit of information I can and writing about what I discover.
The history of Mother’s Day
While browsing the net, I found this super infographic about Mother’s Day and how it was created by a woman named Anna Jarvis in 1908. She wanted to complete the work that her mother, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, had started before she died in 1905.
After it became an official holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, it quickly turned into a very commercialized holiday, much to Ms. Jarvis’ horror. She ran campaigns to urge people not to buy cards, flowers or candies from stores.
She had envisioned people wearing white carnations (her mother’s favorite flower) as a badge and go spend the day with their mother to show their love and to thank her for her devotion and love. She tried to see it remove from the American calendar for the rest of her life by actively lobbying the government.
A Mother’s Day infographic
Even though it is very true that it has turned into a commercial holiday, we still love to celebrate our mother each year. After all, it is left to us to preserve the true meaning of this special day. Meanwhile, check out this infographic below which is full of interesting info about this wonderful holiday.
|Source: The Bridesign Blog|
Over to you
What are you doing today to show your mother your love for her? Do you have a family dinner planned at home or in a restaurant? Please, share with us your plans in the comment box below.
Meanwhile, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all mothers and may you receive the gift you want every year; the love and gratefulness of your family.
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