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Happy Mother’s Day – A History of Honors

Mother’s Day is Sunday and we want to celebrate all the mothers in our communities by sharing a few things about how this wonderful holiday began, plus what it means to us. Mothers and motherly figures are often considered the most important people in each of our lives. The Mother’s Day we know today is very different than how and why it originally began. We wanted to share a few thoughts because we feel it’s important for everyone to know the history of this loving holiday.

Mother’s Day Beginnings

Making sure that all Moms get a break on their day to show much they are appreciated is what the current goal of Mother’s Day is currently all about, but that’s not how it started. While Mother’s Day is celebrated in different ways around the world, here in the United States, we have two women to thank for the Mother’s Day we know and love today. In 1870 Julia Ward Howe saw the brutal, harsh realities of post-Civil War America and wished to unify a nation of grieving mothers. She pleaded for women around the world to come together and recognize the things they have in common with her Mother’s Day Proclamation.

Mother’s Day For Her

Then in the early 1900’s Anna Jarvis picked up where Mrs. Howe left off by pushing for what has become the modern version of Mother’s Day. When Anna Jarvis was younger her mother told her about how she wished for a day to recognize all the hard work mothers do around the world. Upon her mother’s death in 1905 Anna Jarvis wanted to make her mother’s wish a reality and during the anniversaries of her mother’s death she would give out carnations, her mother’s favorite flower. She gained support from a Philadelphia philanthropist named John Wanamaker and in 1910 they were able to make West Virginia the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day. Four years later Anna Jarvis was able to convince the US Congress to officially recognize the second Sunday in May, as the national holiday of known as Mother’s Day.

Different Visions, Honorable Goals

Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis had different visions for a Mother’s day. Julia Ward Howe wished for a day where all mothers would be recognized for the hard work they do while Anna Jarvis wanted people to appreciate the best mother they’ve ever known. Both of these visionary women worked hard to make this holiday a reality and it’s important for us to not only appreciate all mothers but also to applaud the effort of these two women. Keep the American tradition of Mother’s Day alive by the simple gesture of giving a carnation to your Mother or the maternal figure in your life.

Happy Mothers Day - history and traditions

Thank You Mom

We hope that you get to spend this Sunday with your Mom. Remember to tell her how much she means to you on her special day. From all of us at Sharp Residential, we want to say thanks to all of our Moms and wish every one of them a Happy Mother’s Day.

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