3 Interesting Facts About Mother’s Day
from Helen Swan Designer Jewellery
A tradition going back over a hundred years and nowadays, is associated with outpourings of gifts, cards and spring’s first flowers. However, the history of Mother’s Day stems from a somewhat more ominous occasion.
How it all started
Mother’s Day a holiday celebrating mothers and motherhood and is celebrated on various days all over the world. Commonly in March or May
As previously mentioned, It’s a tradition going back over a hundred years and nowadays, is associated with outpourings of gifts, cards and spring’s first flowers. However, the history of Mother’s Day stems from a somewhat more ominous occasion.
Beginning in the 1850’s, West Virginia woman’s organiser, Ann Jarvis ran Mother’s Work Clubs aimed at improving sanitary conditions, help lower infant mortality and provided women with a sanctuary to mourn the loss of soldiers. She was also a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War.
It was thought of then as a progression towards peace and salvation, and the term ‘Mother’s Day’ was soon coined. It was first recognised as a holiday in 1908 when Ann’s daughter Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother. Anna’s mission was to honour her own mother and continue with the work she had started and to set a day aside to honour all mothers. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday.
The story behind it may be unfamiliar to some, but what we celebrate today remains at the forefront of our minds this coming Sunday. The women that carried us, literally and figuratively, probably on and off over the years and the linchpin in any family- I personally don’t know where I’d be without mine!
So let us celebrate, and how better to begin than with this week’s Three Interesting Facts?
During times in the 17th Century, when children as young as ten left home to work. There was one day in most cases per year that families were reunited. It was then dubbed Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday.
‘Mothers’, not ‘Mothers”- Anna Jarvis wanted an occasion to honour everyone’s individual mother. That way every single mother gets her own recognition. Did you know that there are an estimated two billion mothers world wide- That works out as 4 babies born per minute! A lot of celebrating for this holiday
In the early 1920’s companies had started selling Mother’s day cards. This is not what Anna Jarvis had intended. The original intention was to appreciate mothers by writing a personal letter, by hand, expressing love and gratitude not by turning it into a commercial enterprise. She was angered by the commercialism of it all as it turned into and she died resenting the holiday. Even so Mother’s Day still remains a widely popular holiday
There you have it, a little insight into an occasion often overshadowed by other holidays, but arguably the most important.
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Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery