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This History of Mother’s Day.

The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honouring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.

After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker, in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That same day also saw thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia.

Following the success of her first Mother’s Day, Jarvis—who remained unmarried and childless her whole life—resolved to see her holiday added to the national calendar. Arguing that American holidays were biased toward male achievements, she started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and prominent politicians urging the adoption of a special day honouring motherhood.

By 1912 many states, towns and churches had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday, and Jarvis had established the Mother’s Day International Association to help promote her cause. Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

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Mother’s Day

Today, Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK on the fourth Sunday in Lent since at least the 16th Century, it has become a day which has been dedicated to all Mothers and Maternal Figures around the world.

It’s a day to show gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation for everything they have done for us, where families come together and honour their Mothers.

The goals of celebrating Mother’s Day, is to remind ourselves of the important roles they play in family and society.

Many families in the UK celebrate this day with traditional events and parties.

Children offer greeting cards, gifts or make a special effort to visit their mothers on this occasion.

Of course, the most common gift to give to Mothers on Mother’s Day is perhaps the most historically-significant flower, The White Carnation.

With petals that have a silky, smooth texture, these flowers have a majestic appearance, and for Mother’s they, symbolise faith and hope.