A history of Mother’s Day

first_img Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service.Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.Did You Know?More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent. The Anatomy of Fear Anna JarvisThe official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker, in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That same day also saw thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia.Following the success of her first Mother’s Day, Jarvis—who remained unmarried and childless her whole life—resolved to see her holiday added to the national calendar. Arguing that American holidays were biased toward male achievements, she started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and prominent politicians urging the adoption of a special day honoring motherhood.By 1912 many states, towns and churches had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday, and Jarvis had established the Mother’s Day International Association to help promote her cause. Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mother’s Day around the worldWhile versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit.Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.At times, Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSMother’s Day Previous articleEvery day is mama’s day!Next articleA Pink Affair: Mother’s Day mammogram screenings this week Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Ann Jarvis and Julia HoweThe origins of Mother’s Day as celebrated in the United States date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children.These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.Another precursor to Mother’s Day came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.Other early Mother’s Day pioneers include Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist who inspired a local Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the 1870s. The duo of Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering, meanwhile, both worked to organize a Mothers’ Day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some have even called Hering “the father of Mothers’ Day.” Jarvis decries commercialized Mother’s DayAnna Jarvis had originally conceived of Mother’s Day as a day of personal celebration between mothers and families. Her version of the day involved wearing a white carnation as a badge and visiting one’s mother or attending church services. But once Mother’s Day became a national holiday, it was not long before florists, card companies and other merchants capitalized on its popularity.While Jarvis had initially worked with the floral industry to help raise Mother’s Day’s profile, by 1920 she had become disgusted with how the holiday had been commercialized. She outwardly denounced the transformation and urged people to stop buying Mother’s Day flowers, cards, and candies.Jarvis eventually resorted to an open campaign against Mother’s Day profiteers, speaking out against confectioners, florists, and even charities. She also launched countless lawsuits against groups that had used the name “Mother’s Day,” eventually spending most of her personal wealth in legal fees. By the time of her death in 1948 Jarvis had disowned the holiday altogether, and even actively lobbied the government to see it removed from the American calendar. From the History ChannelMother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards, and other gifts.last_img read more

Wisconsin couple find true hospitality in Troy

first_img Email the author Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Wisconsin couple find true hospitality in Troy Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Published 7:26 pm Wednesday, June 18, 2014 By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like CYCLES OF POVERTY: Spurlin riding cross-country to help build houses Troy native Leah Spurlin is on a Bicycle Adventure across the country.Submitted photo   By Mandy Pascal Taking a 3,600-mile… read more Bruce and Bernie Hanson of Madison, Wisconsin were injured in a motorcycle accident near Brundidge on May 30.When looking for a definition of true Southern hospitality, Troy, Alabama, will point the way for Bruce and Bernie Hanson.The Hansons had travelled more than 400,000 miles and more than 49 states with only a few issues before arriving in Pike County on May 30.The Madison, Wisconsin, couple was traveling south on busy U.S. Highway 231 just inside the Brundidge city limit. When they topped the hill, a stalled vehicle was in their lane.“I made 10 decisions in a half second,” Bruce Hanson said. “But I hit the brake too hard and it locked and that was it. The next thing I remember, I was sliding feet first and face down on the pavement. And, I remember praying, ‘God, help us.’”Bernie Hanson was thrown onto the right lane of the highway. Her first awareness was of rolling around on the steaming, hot pavement.Knowing she has survived the accident, she looked desperately for her husband.“I saw him lying in the middle of the highway and his face was covered with blood,” Bernie said. “I knew he was seriously hurt.”The Hansons said an Alabama State Trooper arrived on the scene almost immediately.“He must have been hiding nearby waiting to pull someone over,” Bernie said, laughing.   “What was so amazing was the number of people who stopped to help us and they all knew what to do. They kept telling us not to move, to keep our helmets on. All of the right things.”The Hansons said the ambulance arrived “in no time” and they were transported to Troy Regional Medical Center.Bernie’s injuries were not superficial, with severe scraps on her hands and stomach. But Bruce’s condition was very serious. In the emergency room, there was some discussion as to whether he should be transported to another hospital.“I heard the ER doctor say, ‘We don’t have time. We’ve got to do it!’ And, I asked if they were talking about me,” Bruce said.In addition to a ruptured spleen, Bruce had nine broken ribs, a broken collarbone and shoulder blade and bruised lungs.“But I was blessed,” Bruce said. “We were told that the semi that was behind me came to a stop about 15 feet from where I was lying on the highway. That man was a hell of a driver. God was watching us and, on Highway 231 that day, he gave us His undivided attention.”During the next 17 days, Bruce Hanson also got the undivided attention of the staff at TRMC. He visited the ER, surgery, ICU, radiology, the hospital lab and rehab.  He was in a private room and a swing bed. And, through it all, he received the utmost care and genuine caring.“The staff here has been wonderful,” Bernie said. “They are super people. We call them angels.”Bruce said the staff just “couldn’t do enough for us.”“They were always asking if they could get us something or do something for us,” he said.“It was unbelievable. They have such a wonderful attitude. Here it’s like one big family and they made us a part of it.”But it was not just the medical staff and employees at TRMC that adopted the Hansons.“We can’t begin to thank all of those who did so much for us,” Bernie said. “People brought us food and flowers and gifts. They washed our clothes for us. They prayed for us, and we certainly believe in the power of prayer. People have been so good to us. If we had to have an accident like that, we are glad that we landed in Troy, Alabama.”The Hansons checked out of TRMC Tuesday afternoon. Bruce said the ride south on Highway 231 was his last motorcycle ride. And, it was one he’ll never forget. Neither will he nor his wife ever forget the generosity of the people of Troy.“We will forever thankful,” he said. “We were blessed by being here. The definition of true Southern hospitality is Troy, Alabama.” Sponsored Contentlast_img read more