Did you know that the first Mother’s Day celebrated in the United States was on May 10, 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia? After the success of the first Mother’s Day celebration, Anna Jarvis campaigned to establish Mother’s Day as a US national holiday. Initially Congress rejected the idea, but on May 8, 1914, they passed a law designating the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. Some traditions include sending greeting cards, writing letters, and giving carnations (which were the favorite flowers of Anna Jarvis’ mother).
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Other “Mother’s Day” events have been organized in United States history. After the Civil War, a “Mother’s Friendship Day” was organized to help families split apart and estranged by the Civil War reconcile. Celebrations, such as Julia Ward Howe’s in 1872, were designed to promote peace. Other celebrations, such as the one in 1877 were associated with the temperance movement.
In 1904, Frank E. Hering suggested setting aside one day a year to celebrate the memories of mothers and motherhood.
Anna Jarvis and John Wanamaker established the first Mother’s Day to celebrate the life of Anna’s mother, who had been a peace activist and had organized mothers during the Civil War to address public health issues.
Initially Congress rejected the proposal to create a Mother’s Day, jokingly saying that then they would be forced to also have a “Mother-In-Laws” day too.
Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation on May 11, 1914 that Mother’s Day was a time for Americans to “show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.
The church in Grafton, West Virginia, where Mother’s Day was first celebrated is now the International Mother’s Day Shrine and a National Historic Landmark.
Carnations are associated with Mothers Day. Anna Jarvis distributed more than 500 carnations during the first Mother’s Day in 1908. She chose carnations partly because the carnation was her mother’s favorite flower.
Less than 9 years after Mother’s Day was established the holiday had become so commercialized, that Anna Jarvis, the founder of the holiday became a major opponent to how the holiday had evolved and was celebrated. In 1948 Anna Jarvis was arrested while protesting the holiday. Anna Jarvis said, that she “wished she would have never started the day because it became so out of control.”
Americans spend about 2.6 billion dollars on flowers, 1.53 billion on gifts, and 68 million on greeting cards.
Anna Jarvis stated that it was Mother’s Day (singular, not plural) since this was a holiday for families to honor their mother; it was not a holiday to commemorate all mothers around the world.