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<p> THE HISTORY OF MOTHER’S DAY
On the second Sunday in May it is hoped that
children of all ages treat their mothers to something
special. It is the one day out of the year when
children, young and old, try to show in a tangible
way how much they appreciate their mothers.
England was one of the first countries to set aside a
day to recognize mothers. In the eighteenth century
when many people worked as household servants
for the rich, "Mothering Sunday" was reserved for
them to return home to be with their mothers.
This custom stopped when the Industrial
Revolution altered the working and living patterns
of the people. In the twentieth century one Sunday
for Mothers was established as a holiday.
In the United States, Mother's Day did not become
an official holiday until 1915. Its establishment was
due largely to the perseverance and love of one
daughter, Anna Jarvis. She was very close to her
mother, Mrs Ann Reese Jarvis. Anna’s mother
provided strength and support as the family made
their home in West Virginia and Philadelphia, where
Anna’s father served as a minister.
Anna's mother died in May of 1905, when Anna
was 41 years of age. Anna was not married and
from the time of her mother's death cared for her
blind sister. Anna missed her mother very much
and felt that children should appreciate their
mother's more while they're still alive.
Anna was determined to honour her mother and
she asked the minister to give a sermon in the
memory of her mother. Mrs. Jarvis and all mothers
were honoured with a special Mother's Day service.
Anna Jarvis began writing to congressmen, asking
them to set aside a day to honour mothers. Anna
hoped Mother's Day would increase respect and
love and also strengthen family bonds.
In 1910, the governor of West Virginia proclaimed
the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day and a
year later every state celebrated it.