Although we typically think that Mother’s Day is a uniquely American phenomenon, mothers were revered in Ancient Greek civilization. The Greeks had a springtime celebration devoted to honoring Rhea, the Mother of all Gods. In 15th century England, Mothering Day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The British saw it as a day on which to honor all mothers throughout the United Kingdom.
How Mother’s Day Became a National American Holiday
Julia Ward Howe, known for writing the lyrics of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, came up with the idea for a day devoted to honoring mothers in 1872 or 1873. She envisioned it as a day that would be dedicated to peace. She invited women over to her Boston home to enjoy socializing while discussing peace.
The woman who really deserves credit for the creation of an official national Mother’s Day holiday is Anna Jarvis. After her mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis died on May 5, 1905, the younger Anna Jarvis determined to find a way to make sure that a day was dedicated to honoring all mothers in America.
After Anna Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter asked the family’s West Virginia Methodist Episcopal Church minister to remember her mother in a Sunday sermon. That inspired her to embark on a crusade to establish an official Mother’s Day holiday. With the help of her friends, she started a letter-writing campaign, asking business owners, clergymen, and members of congress to lobby for a National Mother’s Day holiday.
In 1910, West Virginia’s Governor made the first declaration that the second Sunday in May was the official day on which to honor all mothers in the state. By 1911, almost every state had some sort of observance to celebrate the states’ mothers.
Mother’s Day became an officially recognized national holiday in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson, proclaimed that the second Sunday of every May would be celebrated as the national day for honoring the nation’s mothers. With that proclamation, the United States had an official Mother’s Day holiday.
We’ve come up with some ideas to help you choose the perfect gift for your own mother. Flowers are the ultimate expression of love. No wonder they are the most popular Mother’s Day gift.
If you are a traditionalist, you might consider giving mom a classic arrangement of Pink Roses for Mom. We pick a dozen perfect pink roses and neatly nestle them in a classic tall glass vase. We add greenery as an accent.
Pink Roses for Mom
If you want to give mom a taste of spring, consider our Tulips for Mom arrangement. We assemble twelve different color tulips and artfully arrange them in a brightly colored vase.
Tulips for Mom
This year, Mother’s Day occurs on May 10. Don’t wait to choose a gift for your mother. You can count on our experienced Norfolk Florist design team to help you find the perfect gift for your mother.