Mother’s Day

Mother’s 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 American version of Mothers day was created by Anna Jarvis in the year 1908 and became an official holiday in the U.S six years later in 1914.

The reason behind Jarvis’s founding of the holiday in the U.S is due to the fact that her mother had expressed a desire for a holiday to honor mothers, and before the Civil war, Jarvis had helped to organize a “ Mothers day Work club”  to teach the local women how to properly take care of their children. The clubs had become a united force and Jarvis organized a “Mothers’ Friendship Day,”  In which mothers and soldiers from both sides of the civil war would meet while the country was still divided and was reluctant to reconcile.

Though later on, Jarvis would attempt to have the holiday removed from the calendar and denounce the commercialization of the holiday.

Celebrating motherhood dates back to the Greeks and Romans. They had festivals that would honor the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Early Greek traditions show Rhea as the mother of the gods. Because of this, she was strongly associated with Cybele and Gaia, who had similar functions. She had six children, Hestia, Demeter, Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Zeus in that order. Although she was seen of the mother of the Greek Gods and Goddesses, she was not seen as one herself.

Though each way people celebrate mothers day varies, the holiday is commonly celebrated by giving gifts like cards, flowers, and candy to your mother, (sometimes even a grandmother) and showing them a little extra love and appreciation.