Mother’s Day Traditions Past and Present

With Mother’s Day being on Sunday we thought we would talk a bit about the history of Mother’s Day.  The majority of countries that celebrate Mother’s Day do so on the second Sunday of May. On this day, it is common for Mothers to receive presents and special attention from their families, friends and loved ones.

But it wasn’t always this way…

Only recently dubbed Mother’s Day, the highly traditional practice of honoring of Motherhood had strong symbolic and spiritual overtones.  Societies tended to celebrate Goddesses and symbols rather than actual Mothers. The personal, human touch to Mother’s Day is a relatively new phenomenon.

In 1908 a U.S. Senator from Nebraska, Elmer Burkett, proposed making Mother’s Day a national holiday at the request of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). The proposal was defeated, but by 1909 forty-six states were holding Mother’s Day services as well as parts of Canada and Mexico.

Anna Jarvis quit working and devoted herself full time to the creation of Mother’s Day, endlessly petitioning state governments, business leaders, women groups, churches and other institutions and organizations. She finally convinced the World’s Sunday School Association to back her, a key influence over state legislators and congress. In 1912 West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day, and in 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed it into national observance, declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. So as a mom (to 3 wonderful kids) I thank Anna Jarvis.

Standard Bank is proud to celebrate Mother’s Day by walking in the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk on Mother’s Day at Ridge Park.   We have over 60 Standard Bank walkers and their families who will be part of this great Mother’s Day tradition.

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