Every year more flowers are given away on the second Sunday of May than on Valentine's Day - the best of all women. But the tradition is not only applauded - the history and intention of Mother's Day are too moved. Already in antiquity the maternal deities were honored as donors of the life - so z. For example, in Greece and later Asia Minor every spring the goddess Rhea ("the river of life") as the mother of all deities. In the newer Europe, the first comparable festival is known from England in the 17th century - the so-called "mothering day". Initially intended as a thank-you to the Mother Church, it was soon used to thank even the birth mothers - with visits and small gifts.
Modern Mother's Day - American roots
Who has lifted exactly the modern mother's day from the baptism, about the ghosts divide - in any case, the origin lies in America. Anna Jarvis is commonly referred to as the inventor, who made the death of her mother on May 9, 1907 a day of honor for all mothers in order to set an "immortal memorial to the mothers in society". She was concerned with the social and political role of women. She launched an advertising campaign for her idea and sent numerous letters in the coming years with her concerns to the American presidents, to the church and to industrialists.
Others are her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis as the founder of Mother's Day - the teacher from West Virginia had already launched in 1858 a "Mothers' Work Day", which should be honored the time and work that mothers dedicated to their children.
The third woman awarded the introduction of Mother's Day is Julia Ward Howe. The women's rights activist from Boston fought for peace, publishing a manifesto in 1870, later known as the Mother's Day Peace Proclamation. In 1872 she continued the idea with the introduction of a "Mother's Day for Peace", which was celebrated annually in early June and honored the peace in addition to the women in their mother and woman role. Several years were celebrated this day, but then fell into oblivion. A little later, Anna Jarvis' efforts were more successful: in 1914, President Wilson and the US Congress declared the 2nd Sunday in May a national holiday for mothers.