Mother’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated annually to honor and appreciate mothers and mother figures. The history of Mother’s Day dates back to ancient times, when the Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele.
In the United States, the modern-day celebration of Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century. The holiday was first proposed by Anna Jarvis, who wanted to honor her mother, Ann Jarvis, a peace activist who had cared for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day celebration in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia, where her mother had taught Sunday school.
The first official Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. The holiday quickly became popular, and people began to give gifts and cards to their mothers to show their appreciation.
Over time, Mother’s Day has become a global celebration, with many countries adopting the holiday and putting their own unique spin on it. In some countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated on a different day or month, and the traditions and customs vary from place to place.
Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated in over 40 countries around the world. It is a day to honor and appreciate the love and sacrifices of mothers and mother figures, and to show them how much they are loved and appreciated.