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Origin of Mother’s Day

Itzel Aguirre, Contributor

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When this holiday started it was not all about getting flowers for your mom or getting her a card saying thank you for putting up with me all the times I didn’t behave.

” Mother’s day ” dates way back to the 19th century, where a woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis started a ” Mother’s Day Work Club ” which would focus on helping mom’s learn how to properly take care of their children.

More local activities started when the Civil War was in play; Jarvis gathered groups of mothers who had their sons in the war and they would be support them.

As years went by, many women like Coretta Scott King used ” Mother’s Day ” as a day to promote unprivileged woman and children by doing a march around the city. Therefore, in the 1920’s Mother’s Day became more commercialized and that’s when we began to buy flowers for our mother’s and cards. Jarvis didn’t like that whatsoever.

When Jarvis saw that people were doing this, she would go to the places where they would be selling flowers and tell people not to buy them. Jarvis began to make lawsuits against people and companies that would use the term “Mother’s Day.” She continued to do this until until she disowned the holiday altogether by the time of her death, which was in 1948.

After her death, the holiday continued to be a day to appreciate our mothers.

Courtesy of: NWHP

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