Mothers are the most beautiful people in the world. Their love, care and dedication towards their children go beyond human understanding. Therefore, dedicating a single day to them is the least we can do. Mother’s Day celebrations vary across countries, but most of them fall on the second Sunday of May. This year, the big day for the mothers falls on the May 13. Most companies providing Mother’s Day flowers in Singapore will have plenty of carnations on offer. Therefore, you should make your order today to avoid the last minute rush.
Despite being a popular day celebrated across the world, most people are not aware of its origin and the people who worked hard in making this day a popular one. Therefore, this article provides a detailed account of the history of Mother’s Day.
The Ancient Mother’s Day History
The ancient Greeks and Romans were the first to recognise mothers thousands of years ago. The Romans held a three-day festival called Hilaria in the honor of the mother goddess Cybele. The festivals, which began approximately 250 BC featured masquerades, games, and parades. Greeks, on the other hand, held celebrations in honor of the goddess Rhea, the wife of Cronus, and the mother of all Greek deities. The early Christians also celebrated the Virgin Mary on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which mostly fell in March or April.
Mother’s Day in 1800’s
We cannot talk about the history of Mother’s Day without recognising the role of Julia Ward Howe in her quest to have an official day to celebrate mothers. It all began after the Franco-Prussian War and the American Civil War, which claimed the lives of many husbands and sons. She believed that mothers carried a huge burden after the loss of lives after these wars and called upon women to promote peace. Julia also authored the popular “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1870 in her quest to unite mothers in promoting peace all over the world. In 1873, she campaigned for the Mother’s Peace Day to be held on June 2 every year. The idea blossomed but was later replaced with the present-day Mother’s Day celebrations.
The Mother of Mother’s Day
The official founder of today’s Mother’s Day is Anna Jarvis. Anna Jarvis drew her inspiration from her own mothers, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, who lived her life as an activist and a social worker. Anna’s mother had taken an active role in forming Mother’s Day Work Groups in local churches to curb the high childhood mortality rate in the 1850’s. The groups she formed played an active role in taking care of families and children of wounded soldiers returning from the Civil War. She then went ahead to arrange for family picnics after the end of the Civil War before she died in 1905.
Ann Reeves Jarvis always dreamt of a day to recognise all mothers for all their contributions to society. Driven by her mother’s words and her contributions during the Civil War, Anna Jarvis took the burden of making her mother’s dream a reality. She began her quest on May 10 1908, by sending carnations to a Methodist Church in West Virginia and inviting thousands of people to join her quest to make the second Sunday of May a day to celebrate mothers. Fortunately, her efforts bore fruits and almost every state was celebrating Mother’s Day by 1912. President Woodrow Wilson then later openly signed a proclamation naming second Sunday of May as the official Mother’s Day.
Anna Jarvis continued to fight for Mother’s Day for a long time. At some point, she was utterly disgusted by the florists and card companies who had commercialised the day through the sale of candies, flowers and cards. Anna later died in 1948, but her legacy still lives on with many people celebrating Mother’s Day in different countries.
Mother’s Day is a perfect time for children to recognise their mothers for their contribution in their lives. If you are yet wondering what to get your mother on your special day, maybe you can consider ordering a bouquet of carnations from Singapore’s Mother’s Day flower delivery services.