Today while we were busy making up some of our Tasty Gifts chocolate bouquets for our stockists around Perth for the busy Mother’s Day rush we stopped and realised we did not even know how the Mother’s tradition came to be the second Sunday in May. So we did a little Google investigation to find out the history of Mother’s Day and its origins, and this is what we found.
The Origins of Mother's Day
Turns out Mother’s Day, as we know it stems from a woman by the name of Anna Jarvis who held a memorial for her mother at the St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908. The church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.
That same year the US Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day and official holiday joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day”. However by 1911 all US States observed Mother’s Day as a local holiday, and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honour mothers.
She successfully trademarked the terms “Second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day” and created an International Mother’s Day Association.
She eventually became resentful of the commercialisation of the day and spent what little money she had on lawsuits to fight it.
In Australia, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. The tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mother's Day in Australia was started by Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt, Sydney, in 1924. She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at the Newington State Home for Women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local schoolchildren and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women. Every year thereafter, Mrs Heyden raised increasing support for the project from local businesses and even the local Mayor. The day has since become commercialised (Uh oh, that’s us!)
Share the Love & Pass the Happiness Around ~Tasty Gifts
*We also found out that Mother’s Day has a dark history via National Geographic, check it out here.