Originally publisher here May 10, 2009:
Ed. Note: I had been doing some research on the origins of Mother’s Day and thought to share with all of you.
1. Wikipedia says,
“The modern Mother’s Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis as a day for each family to honor its mother, and it’s now celebrated on various days in many places around the world. It complements Father’s Day, the celebration honoring fathers.
This holiday is relatively modern, being created at the start of the 20th century, and should not be confused with the early pagan and Christian traditions honoring mothers, or with the 16th century celebration of Mothering Sunday, which is also known as Mother’s Day in the UK.
In most countries the Mother’s Day celebration is a recent holiday derived from the original US celebration…
In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day”, and created the Mother’s Day International Association.
“She was specific about the location of the apostrophe; it was to be a singular possessive, for each family to honour their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.”
This is also the spelling used by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in the law making official the holiday in the U.S. [May 9, 1914], by the U.S. Congress on bills, and by other U.S. presidents on their declarations.”
From Women’s Rights.Change,”
“From Physicians for Social Responsibility:
Julia Ward Howe proposed the idea of Mothers Day for Peace over a century ago. Howes Mothers Day Proclamation in 1870 was a call for disarmament and for women to come together to seek diplomatic ways to settle disagreements amongst nations.
Today, Physicians for Social Responsibility carries on this work by seeking an end to the use and spread of nuclear weapons, working to end global warming, and stopping the toxic degradation of the environment. We encourage you to share the story of Mothers Day with your mother and other family members and friends.”
UPDATE: MAY 13, 2012:
“Mother’s Day’s Dark History”
“Fight for holiday said to cost originator ‘”everything, financially and physically.'”
By Brian Handwerk for National Geographic News.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OF OUR PROGENITORS!