Origin of Mother's Day goes back to the Age of ancient Greek and Romans. However, the roots of Mother's Day background may also be traced in UK in which a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US. However, the party of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon rather than a hundred years old. Because of the hard work of the pioneering women of the times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis the day was made. Millions of people all over the planet take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well wisher.
Earliest History of Mothers Day
The first history of Mothers Day dates back to the early annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the event to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.
Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, also known as Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It might be mentioned that ceremonies in honor of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The party made on the Ides of March by making offerings at the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The parties were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.
In England the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday.
History of Mother's Day: Mothering Sunday
The recent history of Mothers Day dates back to 1600s in England. After a prayer service in church to honor Virgin Mary, children brought flowers and gifts to pay tribute to their mothers.
On the occasion, servants, apprentices and other workers staying away from their houses were encouraged by their employers to see their moms and honor them. Traditionally children brought with them gifts and a unique fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel. Yugoslavs and individuals in other countries have observed comparable days.
Custom of observing Mothering Sunday died out almost completely from the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and business businesses used it as an event for earnings.
History of Mother's Day: Julia Ward Howe
The concept of official party of Mothers day in US was initially suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872. An activist, poet and writer Julia shot to fame with her famous Civil War song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2 be annually celebrated as Mothers Day and must be devoted to peace. She wrote a fervent appeal to girls and encouraged them to rise against war in her famous Mothers Day Proclamation, composed in Boston in 1870. Julia tirelessly championed the reason for official party of Mothers Day and announcement of official holiday daily. Her notion spread but was later replaced by the Mother's Day holiday today celebrated in May.
History of Mother's Day: Anna Jarvis
Anna Jarvis is Recognized as the Creator of Mothers Day at US. Although Anna Jarvis never married and never had children, she's also called the Mother of Mothers Day, an apt name for the woman who worked hard to bestow honor on all moms.
Anna Jarvis got the inspiration of celebrating Mothers Day out of her mother Mrs Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis in her youth. An activist and social worker, Mrs Jarvis used to express her desire that someone must honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them.
A husband, Anna never forgot her moms word and when her mother died in 1905, she concluded to meet her moms desire of owning a mothers day. Growing negligent attitude of mature Americans towards their mothers and a desire to honor her moms soared her ambitions.
To start with Anna, send Carnations from the church service in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother. Carnations were her mothers favorite flower and Anna felt they symbolised a moms pure love. Afterwards Anna along with her supporters wrote letters to individuals in positions of power lobbying for the official announcement of Mothers Day holid
History of Mother's Day: Present Day Celebrations
Today Mothers Day is celebrated in several countries like US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. The day has become hugely popular and in several of nations phone lines witness maximum traffic. There is also a tradition of gifting flowers, cards and others present to moms on the Mothers Day. The festival is currently commercialised to a great extent. Florists, card manufacturers and current sellers see tremendous business potential from the day and make decent money through a rigorous advertising effort. It is unfortunate to note that Ms Anna Jarvis, who dedicated her life for the announcement of Mothers Day holiday was deeply hurt to observe the tremendous commercialisation of the day.