While the greeting card companies and florists may cheer each year as Mother’s Day approaches, the celebration itself dates back to ancient Greece. Celebrated all over the world (on different dates), Mother’s Day in the U.S. was initially suggested by Julia Ward Howe, noted pacifist and author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Championed by Anna Jarvis, the idea caught on in 1908 and has become the beloved holiday that we celebrate on the second Sunday in May each year. Ironically, Anna Jarvis herself never had children and promoted the day to honor her own mother using carnations as the symbol of the day; the tradition is to wear a colored carnation if your mother is still living and a white carnation if she’s not.
Learn more about Mother’s Day by visiting The Legacy Project.
Posted by Vicki