Mother’s Day History
In the United States the history of Mother's Day goes back to the late 19th century. The concept of observing Mother's Day as a day for peace was first suggested in the United Sates by Julia Ward Howe in 1872, this was right after the Franco Prussian War. Other names that can be associated with Mother's Day are Mary Towles Sasseen, Frank E. Hering, and Anna Jarvis.
Anna Jarvis was unmarried and was left alone with only her sister when her mother passed away in 1905. She realized the role that mothers play in our life and felt that we fail to recognize and appreciate our mothers enough when they are alive. This was how Anna, with the help of some friends, began a letter-writing campaign in support of observing a national Mother's Day holiday. She succeeded in reaching out to influential leaders of those times, like William Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and John Wannamaker. This gave a much needed awareness to the idea.
It was this lady who first requested her mother's church in West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. Carnations, her mother's favorite flowers graced the occasion. In the next couple of years Mother's Day celebrations spread throughout the country to almost every state. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution of Congress recommending that Congress and the executive branch of government recognize the observance of Mother's Day.
In Italy the Italians celebrate La Festa della Mamma with a big feast and a cake made in the shape of a heart. Typically Italian schoolchildren will make something to bring home to their Mothers, and the family will take care of the chores for the day.