Some historians will tell you that Mother’s day is traceable back to pre-Judeo/Christian goddess worship. One of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a Mother deity can be found among the ancient Egyptians, who held an annual festival to honor the goddess Isis, who was commonly regarded as the Mother of the pharaohs.
The first official Mother’s Day was then held on May 10, 1908 in Grafton West Virginia, after a campaign by Anna M. Jarvis. It would take a few more years of political action and Jarvis working full time to have federal legislation pass, but in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed the official National Observance of Mothers Day for the Second Sunday in May.
- International Mother’s Day (interflora.co.uk)
- Anna Jarvis, The Woman Who Launched Mother’s Day (morduin5150.wordpress.com)
- All About Mothers Day (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Mother’s Day Began as A Plea for Peace: May All Mothers Deployed and All Mothers on the Homefront Be Blessed Always (themoderatevoice.com)
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