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The History of Mother’s Day

History of Mothers Day

Did you know? Mother’s Day started as Mothers’ Friendship Day. The origins of Mother’s Day in the United States actually dates back even earlier to 1868, when Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” to promote reconciliation between Union and Confederate soldiers following the Civil War.

Then it was called Mother’s Peace Day. Two years later in 1870, abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” calling for mothers to unite in promoting world peace. She later campaigned for “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every year on June 2.

Anna M. Jarvis is widely credited with having founded Mother’s Day as a United States holiday. Jarvis never married and did not have children, but organized the first Mother’s Day observance in May of 1908 in memory of her mother’s death two years before. She later campaigned for the second Sunday in May to be designated a national celebration of mothers.

(Source- Reader’s Digest – 19 Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Mother’s Day by Lauren Cahn)


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