For those of you not in the loop, Mother’s Day is this Sunday – May 13! Mother’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the second Sunday in May and while it has become somewhat commercialized, it actually has quite a history.
Even ancient Egyptians celebrated a mother deity – the goddess Isis, who was considered to be the mother of the pharaohs. The Romans also celebrated this holiday, although they also celebrated Cybele, the mother of most of the Greek gods. This festival occurred near the Vernal Equinox, which is in the spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Over time, American celebrations of mothers began. Julia Ward Howe first proclaimed Mother’s Day in 1870 as a time for mothers to come together and celebrate peace after the Civil War. Howe’s version of Mother’s Day never quite took off, so the true Mother’s Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. She initiated the first celebration with her church on May 10 in remembrance of her own mother, which drew over 400 people. White carnations, her mother’s favorite flower, were given to all in attendance. Thus began the tradition of honoring deceased mothers with white carnations and living mothers with pink or red carnations. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day.
From Mother’s Day Central.