Mother’s Day is a day of the year on which mothers are honored by their children! How do you plan to honor your mother, grandmother, or parental guardian this year? This Mother’s day honor your mother by giving her the perfect, personalized gift from Gordon Jewelers.
In honor of Mother’s day we wanted to share some fun facts, traditions, and history behind this great day!
The American manifestation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.
Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker, in May 1908 she organized the 1st official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, WV. That same day also saw thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele!
“Mothering Sunday” is the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day, as the early Christian festival. Once a major tradition in the UK and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the 4th Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church” for a special service. Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation.
Celebrations and Tradition:
While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated throughout the world, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit. Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.
In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending.
We hope you pick Gordon Jewelers as your go-to store for all things Mother’s Day. Let us help you design the perfect MommyChic, custom necklace in 3 easy steps: Choose your pendant, pick the charms and select an inspirational poem, with complimentary gift wrapping!