The month of May has been designated the month we celebrate “Mother’s Day.” It is a chance to celebrate with mother or remember the life lived by dear mother. During the month of May, this column will look at exciting things to do with mother during this Mother’s Day and end with a continuum of motherhood. Let’s begin by looking at the “History” which is a 2022 A&E Television Networks, LLC.
Compliments of History…
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. In the United States, Mother’s Day 2022 will be on May 8. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official US. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting Moms with flowers cards and other gifts.
History of Mother’s Day
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele; but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church,” the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service.
The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s because of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.
By 1912 many states, towns and churches had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday, and Jarvis had established the Mother’s Day International Association to help promote her cause. Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
As we embark on Mother’s Day celebration, enjoy this poem by Pat O’Reilly published online in Woman’s Day Magazine, a part of Hearst Digital Media. The piece is entitled: “21 Beautiful Mother’s Day Poems That Will Make Mom Feel Loved”, www.womansday.com/relationships/family-friends.
God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He molded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother.
And he gave that dear mother to me.
– Pat O’Reilly
Next Week: Continuation
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