Part 1

Mother’s Day as we know it today is a commercialised celebration of the love and support of Mother’s in many countries. We search for the best places to treat our Mum’s to Sunday Roast’s (We’ve got that covered for you here), trawl the supermarkets for nice cards and ply her with delicious chocolates and pretty flowers, after all she really does deserve it.

A brief history

If we step back in time to West Virginia, USA in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century then we can find out just how this celebration came about. It really is a story of genuine love and determination between a mother and her daughter. When Anna Jarvis was just 12 years old, her mother came into help at school where she said a prayer to the class.

‘I hope that someone sometime will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She’s entitled to it’

Anna never forgot her Mother’s prayer and in 1905, when her mother died, Anna said the prayer once more. She added:

‘by the grace of God, you shall have that Mothers Day’

Anna campaigned vigorously to get her mother’s wish in place. On the second anniversary of her mother’s death, she held a memorial at the local church with her mother’s favourite flowers, carnations. Soon afterwards she targeted people in authority to try and get the day recognised as a national holiday. By 1909 45 states were taking part in celebrations for Mothers past and present and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day as a national holiday on the second Sunday of May, each year. Today this celebration takes place in many countries as people take the opportunity to pay tribute to their Mums. As lovely as this story is, the roots spread a little deeper still. Just why did Anna’s Mum feel the need for a memorial mother’s day and had others thought of this before? We’ll tell you a little more next time!

To be continued…