May 10, 2014

Anna Jarvis Who Invented Mother's Day

Who invented Mother's Day?

Miss Anna Reeves Jarvis (1864-1948) founded Mother's day to pay tribute to wonderful legacy of mothers.  During this time,  most holidays focused on Men's accomplishments only, so Miss Jarvis started Mother's Day to celebrate the accomplishments of women.  She had a very close relationship with her mother and loved her very much.  Although, Miss Jarvis had no children of her own, she still understood the significance of Mothers.

Anna Jarvis Quote

I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.Ann Reeves Jarvis

First Mother's Day History

The first Mother's Day Celebration was held in 1908.  Miss Jarvis started the tradition of wearing a white flower and visiting her mom on that special day.  Soon after she started the holiday, merchants began selling flowers, candy, and cards.  Miss Jarvis was very upset with the commercialization of this sacred holiday and spoke out against the business owners who were profiting from the day. 

When did Mother's Day Begin

In 1914, Congress made Mother's Day an official Holiday. I'm sure there probably was some serious lobbying going on by the merchants to get this done.  They wanted to make more money from the holiday.

On Mother's Day Do I Wear White or Red Flowers?

Things have changed.  In the beginning, the white carnation was only designated for this day.  Now red flowers are used for living mothers and white are now reserved for deceased mothers.  But I feel like you can give your mom whatever color she likes.  It's what's in your heart that matters.

Anna Jarvis Quote

Its whiteness is to symbolize the truth, purity and broad-charity of mother love; its fragrance, her memory, and her prayers. The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying. When I selected this flower, I was remembering my mother’s bed of white pinks.  —Anna Reeves Jarvis

Mother's Day 2014 and Beyond! 

Since the very first celebration of this blessed day, Mother's day sales have skyrocketed.  Every year,  we spend billions of dollars on gifts and cards for our Mothers on this day. 

And guess what?  I think our Mamas are worth every penny! 

Happy Mother's Day! 

God Bless, Chan