We all wish going back to the days when our mother taught us to crawl or when we had some time to be with her! Our mother has always been there in our ins and outs and today, it is the day when the entire world hails to the dignified figure and the role model of one’s life, our mother. However, little do we know why we celebrate it and who passed this legacy? Below is the reason for the origin of this wonderful day:
- The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. The day had a red colour on the calendar when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.
- In 1908, the US Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would have to proclaim also a “Mother-in-law’s Day”. However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all US states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday.
- However, businessmen plunged in and so did the profit making the idea that exploited the true sense of the day! Jarvis believed that the idea was for sentiments and not for profit so, she organized boycotts of Mother’s Day and threatened to issue lawsuits against the companies involved.
- The boycott went in vain as the government considered this day to be useful for them who earned money from mere card making and since then, Mother’s day is celebrated.
- Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated in several countries including US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and Belgium. People take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support.
- The festival has become commercialised to a great extent. Florists, card manufacturers, and gift sellers see huge business potential in the day and make good money through a rigorous advertising campaign.
It is unfortunate to note that Ms. Anna Jarvis, who devoted her life for the declaration of Mother’s Day holiday, was deeply hurt to note the huge commercialisation of the day. So this mother’s day, surprise your mother with some handmade cards and with a true feeling of love.