The one specific day of the year dedicated to all superhero’s, I mean mothers. It is a celebration to honour all the hard work, time, and sacrifices mothers have made for their families even though, in my opinion, they should be celebrated every day of the year! In most countries Mother’s Day is celebrated in the months of March or May to align with International Women’s Day (March 8th), but in some others, it is celebrated in October.
The history of Mother’s Day began in the United States in the early 20th century with a lady named Anna Jarvis. Mrs. Jarvis was best known for her social activism during the Civil War era. Her mother frequently brought to her attention the idea of having a day dedicated to celebrating motherhood. Following her mother’s death Jarvis led the movement to make a national holiday for mothers, however, she was disappointed seeing the day being commercialized and even tried to rescind it.
The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908. However, in this same year the U.S. congress rejected the proposal to make it a national holiday. The reasoning for the rejection being that if there was a Mother’s Day they would then have to dedicate another day to be Mother-in-laws day! All jokes aside, by 1911 all the states were observing the holiday. A few years later in 1914 Woodrow Wilson designated Mother’s Day to always be held on the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honour mothers.
Six years later Hallmark started creating and selling Mother’s Day cards doing exactly what Anna Jarvis hated the most about the day she created, commercialism. She blamed companies like Hallmark for exploiting and misinterpreting the holiday because it was meant to be a day of sentiment and not a day of profit. Jarvis preferred the route to honour mothers through hand written letters expressing love and gratitude.
Now a days for Mother’s Day celebrations carnations are a popular flower choice. Actually, Mother’s Day is the third highest selling holiday for flowers and plants following Christmas and Hanukkah. Approximately one quarter of all flowers bought during the year are purchased for Mother’s Day.