Mother’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 13 in the United States this year. Do you ever wonder how this holiday started? Anna Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mother’s Day in America. She is known as the Mother of Mother’s Day, although she never married or had children. President Woodrow Wilson is seen as the Father of Mother’s Day for signing a proclamation on May 9, 1914, declaring the second Sunday of May as a day to honor mothers.
May 10, 1908 is considered to be the first Mother’s Day celebration. Jarvis sent 500 white carnations to Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in her hometown of Grafton, W. Virginia, in honor of her late mother Ann. She also held a celebration in Philadelphia, where she lived at the time. Carnations were her mother’s favorite flower and Anna felt that they symbolized a mother’s pure love. She chose the second Sunday in May because it was the Sunday closest to her mother’s death.
Jarvis and her supporters wrote letters to state and federal politicians which led to the holiday getting recognized. By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state. It became a federal holiday when President Woodrow Wilson signed a Proclamation 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. She died in 1948 and was buried next to her mother.
Today, 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. Pink or red carnations represent a living mother and white carnations are worn for a deceased mother. Families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores. More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. Check out what Earp’s carries to help celebrate your mother.