Sunday, May 8

Mothers Day - An Initiative of Mrs. Jarvis


Frankly speaking, it is not easy to be a mother because of the responsibilities or tasks attached to being called a mother. Mother can be described as a woman, a wife, a child-bearer, a home maker, a great teacher, a knowledge passer, a great mentor, a hope planter, a foreseer, a future builder, a great thinker, a role model, a motivator, a creative person, a talent flourisher, a potential opener, a problem solver, a peace maker, a sensitive person, a risk taker, a compassionate person, a shoulder to lean on, a heart of gold, a chest of joy, a slice of happiness and finally the first person to talk to, in a time of crises.

Celebrating the MOTHERS DAY is a fulfillment of the aspiration of Mrs. Jarvis who hailed from Grafton, West Virginia, that someday someone must honour all mothers, living or dead, and pay tribute to their struggle and affection to mankind.

Her loving daughter, Miss Anna Jarvis never forgot her mother’s wish and when her mother died in 1905, she resolved to fulfill the desire of having a Mothers Day. At the inception of MOTHERS DAY, Anna sent fragrant and beautiful, carnation flowers to the Church service in Grafton, West Virginia to honour her mother. Carnations were her mother’s favourite flower and Anna felt that they symbolized a mothers’ pure love.

Later Anna along with her supporters wrote letter to people in positions of authority lobbying for the official declaration of Mothers Day holiday. By 1911, Mothers Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union. However, the laudable efforts of Anna Jarvis received its full blessings on May 8, 1914 as President Woodrow Wilson (the 28th President of the United States) signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as MOTHERS DAY.

MOTHERS DAY is celebrated in several countries including US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. People take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support. The day has become hugely popular and in several countries phone lines witness maximum traffic. It is also a tradition of gifting flowers, cards and other gifts to mothers on the MOTHERS DAY.

Though Anna Jarvis never married and never had a child, but she is known as the Mother of MOTHERS DAY, an apt title for the lady who worked so hard to bestow honour on mothers.


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