What is the True History of Mother's Day?

Honoring Motherhood Across Time

Mother’s Day, a celebration of maternal love and sacrifice, has deep roots that stretch across centuries and cultures. Let’s delve into the heartwarming story behind this special day.


Ancient Beginnings

The concept of honoring mothers dates back to ancient civilizations. The Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, recognizing the nurturing and protective qualities associated with motherhood.


Mothering Sunday: A Christian Tradition

The modern precedent for Mother’s Day can be traced to early Christian traditions. Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, a festival called “Mothering Sunday” fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Originally, it was a time when the faithful returned to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service. Over time, this tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, where children would present their mothers with flowers and tokens of appreciation.


Ann Reeves Jarvis and Mothers’ Day Work Clubs

In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia played a pivotal role. She founded “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to educate local women on child-rearing and health. These clubs became a unifying force in a region still healing from the war. In 1868, Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” where mothers from both Union and Confederate backgrounds came together to promote reconciliation.


Julia Ward Howe’s Call for Peace

The abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe also left her mark. In 1870, she penned the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” urging mothers to unite in promoting world peace. Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.


The American Incarnation

The United States officially embraced Mother’s Day in 1914, thanks to Anna Jarvis. Inspired by her own mother’s dedication to community service, Jarvis tirelessly advocated for a day to honor mothers. However, she later lamented the commercialization of the holiday and spent her later years trying to remove it from the calendar.


Presenting Flowers, Cards, and Love

Today, Mother’s Day is synonymous with heartfelt gestures. Families shower their moms with flowers, cards, and gifts. More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year, as children express their love and gratitude.


Make Her Smile with Our Mom Collection Socks

So, this Mother’s Day, let your mom know how much she means to you. Gift her a pair of our soft, lovingly made socks—a small token of appreciation for the endless love she showers upon you.

Happy Mother’s Day! 🌸🧦

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