YESTERDAY WE CELEBRATED MOMS!
In the United States, the celebration of Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century. It was started to honor the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
From all of us here at CRF to you lovely mothers out there, we hope you had a splendid day full of friends, family, and pampering.
SOME FUN HISTORY
The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.
*Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.
In 1908, the US Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would have to proclaim also a “Mother-in-law’s Day”. However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all US states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday, the first being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state, in 1910.