No matter where you are in the world, there is a day to celebrate mom. While it might not be on the same day around the world, there is a universal appreciation for mothers everywhere. But in America, it was only in 1914 that Mother’s Day was recognized as a national holiday. After the death of Ann Reeves Jarvis (the woman who began “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children) in 1908, her daughter Anna Jarvis sought out host a celebration to thank mothers everywhere for all they do.She held the first Mother’s Day celebration in a Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia with financial backing from Philadelphia retail owner John Wanamaker. Thousands also congregated in Philadelphia at Wanamaker’s retail store for a Mother’s Day celebration of their own.
After Jarvis successfully held her first Mother’s Day, she sought out to make it a national celebration. After years of lobbying, she finally got the attention of President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. He proclaimed that the second Sunday in May, no matter what the date, would belong to moms across the nation. Hence, this is why Mother’s Day changes every year. This year Mother’s Day falls on:
May 10, 2020