The History of Mother’s Day

The origins of celebrating your mother started in ancient years when goddesses were celebrated for being mothers of the Earth and mothers of the gods. In Egypt, it was the Goddess Isis; in Rome, Phrygian goddess Cybele, or Magna Mater (Great Mother). For Christian legend, the holiday fell on the fourth Sunday Lent and honored the church in which they were baptized, known to them as their “Mother Church.”

However, it has evolved some to become the national holiday it is now in America. It is commonly believed that a set day began with Anna Jarvis when she wanted to celebrate the life of her mother, who had organized women’s groups to promote friendship and health. On May 12, 1907 she held a memorial service at her late mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia – the first “Mother’s Day.” Mother’s day was officially declared a holiday on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson and was to be celebrated on the second Sunday of every May. In his first Mother’s Day proclamation, Wilson stated that the holiday offered a chance to “[publicly express] our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

Since then, it has become a day of recognition for mothers; a day to be spent lavished in flowers and pampering. According to Christian legend, the Virgin Mary shed tears at Jesus’ plight, and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother’s undying love. In the 1900s, Anna Jarvis had promoted the wearing of a white carnation as a tribute to one’s mother, the custom developed of wearing a red or pink carnation to represent a living mother or a white carnation for a mother who was deceased.

This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 13. Show your mother some appreciation and love by calling 817-624-8413 or 817-626-5822 today! You can also order online at www.dfwflowers.com. For more information about flowers, their origins, and holidays, go LIKE our Facebook page!

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