Mothers Day – Fun Fact

Mothers Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.

The modern holiday of Mothers Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make Mothers Day a recognized holiday in the Unites States began in 1905, the year her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War and created Mothers Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”. In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mothers Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-laws Day”. However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designation Mothers Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

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