Mothers Day was originally designated as a day to inspire people to
work for peace.
Social activist Julia Ward Howe first brought the idea of a day
centering on mothers to the United States after the Civil War, but Howes
version was much different from the flowers-and-hugs version we know today.
Howe wrote the Mothers Day Proclamation and envisioned a Mothers Day for
Peace, in which women would protest against war. Some groups still observe
the holiday in this manner, one of the most famous being a huge crowd of
women who gathered outside the Lawrence Livermore Library at the University
of California in 1982 to protest nuclear weapons.
In 1873, women in 18 American cities held Mothers Day for Peace
The Mothers Day we celebrate today was started by Anna Jarvis in the
early 1900s. Jarvis got Congress to recognize the holiday, founded the
Mothers Day International Association and even trademarked the phrase
Mothers Day. Jarvis was inspired by her own mother, who had called for
Mothers Work Days to improve conditions for soldiers on both sides during
the Civil War.
Florists might hawk huge Mothers Day bouquets with exotic blooms and
designer names, but the traditional gift is a single, simple carnation.
In actual fact, the feast and celebration of 'Mother's Day' goes back to
very ancient times. The ancient greeks held celebrations to Rhea Mother of
the gods and in ancient Rome the 3 day celebration in March for the goddess
Cybele was so notorious that it was banned.
About 80 percent of Mothers Day cards are purchased by women.
122.5 million phone calls are made on mothers day estimates an AT&T
In the vast majority of languages the word mother begins with the letter