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Modern Day American Mother’s Day dates back to the middle of the 19th century before the civil war when Ann Reeves Jarvis from West Virginia started the Mother’s Day Work Clubs. The clubs were meant to teach women how to care for their own children. It is interesting to note that these clubs were quite important after the war and became a unifying force in a country that was still divided. In 1868, Jarvis started Mother’s Friendship Day, which helped mother’s gather together with both Confederate and Union soldiers for reconciliation.
Mother’s Day in America began back in 1908 becoming an official holiday in 1914. Created by Ann Jarvis, Daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, Mother’s Day was a way to celebrate motherhood all over the country, Jarvis later denounced Mother’s Day because it became so commercialized. In fact, Jarvis was so upset that she spent the rest of her life trying to have it removed from the calendar.
Although some dates may vary with other countries celebrating Mothers Day on different days, Mothers Day usually falls on the second Sunday in May. Traditional gifts for Mothers Day include cards, flowers, chocolates and of course, Sunday brunch.
Mother’s Day may be a relatively new celebration in the United States, but it actually dates back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who held Mother’s Day festivals honoring Cybele and Rhea, the mother goddesses.
Mothering Sunday was a Christian festival that used to be a major tradition in Europe and the United Kingdom falling on the Fourth Sunday during lent.
Mothering Sunday was meant to be seen as a time when the faithful would pay homage while returning to the, “Mother Church.” Eventually, “Mothering Sunday,” because more secular with husbands, grandfathers and children presenting their mothers with tokens of appreciation that included flowers and gifts of love. When Mother Sunday faded completely during the 1940’s, it merged with America to become Mother’s Day.
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