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Mother’s Day

Posted in Anniversary, History on Sunday, 1 May 2011

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12 May marks the anniversary of the celebration of the first Mother’s Day in America in 1907.

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Children buying flowers for Mother’s Day

The celebratory day was created by Anna Maria Jarvis, born in Webster, West Virginia, in 1864. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, had been the founder of a number of Mothers’ Day Work Clubs who fought for better sanitary and health conditions in cities.

Ann died on 9 May 1905 and, two years later, her daughter held a memorial in her memory and subsequently embarked on a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday. It was recognized nationally in 1914 but soon became commercialized, much to Anna’s annoyance. She founded the Mother’s Day International Association and trademarked the phrases “Mother’s Day” and “second Sunday in May”. She spent the remainder of her life campaigning against the holiday, eventually dying in poverty.

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