How Mother's Day Came to Be in the U.S. and Around the World

May 07, 2019 - 8:20 am
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Order those flowers, because Sunday is Mother’s Day.

And if you didn’t know, America has officially celebrated the maternal queens in our lives since 1914.

Anna Jarvis first kickstarted the effort in 1908 after her mother died. Six years later President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday.

Interestingly, Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and would spend the rest of her life trying to unsuccessfully remove it from the calendar. 

Prior to the U.S., different cultures have been taking a day to honor their mothers for centuries.

The ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals honoring the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele.

Back in the 1500s, Christians in the UK and Ireland turned the fourth Sunday of Lent into a celebration known as Mothering Sunday.

It was a day for children and domestic workers to return to their “Mother” church and celebrate reuniting with their families.

In more recent years, other societies have embraced taking time to honor their moms.

It was only in 1950 that Thailand jumped on the matriarch love by celebrating their mothers on April 15th.  The holiday was changed to August 12th in 1976, to coincide with the birthday of Queen Sirikit, the “Mother” of all Thai people.

Many Arab countries celebrate Mother's Day during the vernal equinox on March 21st, while most East European countries celebrate Mother's Day on March 8th. 

Regardless of when or how you celebrate, share the love and have a happy Mother’s Day.