HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO MOM'S EVERYWHERE!!
I've heard it said that Mother's Day came about so that retailers could sell holiday cards. I decided to look into that a little further and I was very surprised to discover that celebrations in honor of Mother's Day were celebrated as far back as ancient Greece. The Greeks had a festival to honor the Goddess Rhea, the mother of many Gods and Goddesses in the Greek mythology. The ancient Romans also celebrated a mother Goddess.
Here in the U.S., a writer and activist by the name of Julia Ward Howe wrote a Mothers' Day proclamation in 1870, in Boston. She wanted Mother's Day to be declared an official holiday; she did receive some recognition for her efforts, however, it was not until the early 1900's that another activist, Anna Jarvis, from West Virginia, wanting to honor her own mother, started lobbying for Mothers Day to be celebrated as an official holiday. As a result, in 1910, West Virginia was the first state to recognize Mother's Day as an official holiday -- and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
So while, yes, Mother's Day is a great day for retailers to sell cards and gifts, apparently, the genesis of Mother's Day did not begin with the public relations people working at advertising agencies; Mother's Day came about because daughters wanted to recognize their own mothers. Today Mother's Day is celebrated in 46 countries around the world and it has become a day when all children, sons as well as daughters, have an opportunity to celebrate and show appreciation to the women who loved them and raised them.