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Mother’s Day festivities date back to ancient Greeks

May 8th, 2008 · No Comments · Special Section

Courtesy of www.dayformothers.com
The history of Mother’s Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods.
The early Christians celebrated the Mother’s festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Later on, a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday.
The English colonists who settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday because of lack of time.
In 1872, Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother’s Day.
In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother’s Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers.
The first Mother’s Day observance was a church service honoring Anna’s mother. Anna handed out her mother’s favorite flowers, the white carnations, on the occasion as they represent sweetness, purity, and patience.
Anna’s hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers.

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