May 9, 1914. Well, that’s the official date that the modern version of the holiday got added to the calendar via the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. However, many countries celebrate it on different days and months throughout the year. Check out the Wikipedia link below that has a breakdown of these dates.
What I found most interesting is that the lady who organized the first day to celebrate our Mothers, Anna Jarvis, and who petitioned to make the celebration a national holiday, eventually went on to despise the day for becoming commercialized.
She also never became a mother herself…
Either way, it’s understandable why some people are against commercializing holidays like this. There should always be more of an attempt to recognize our mothers (any caregiver, maternal or not) throughout the year and not on one specific day.
I personally don’t have a problem with it being commercialized because I think of the small businesses out there who have unique crafts/skills to share. These entrepreneurs are products of mothers who have supported them through their lives and business adventures.
But what do you think? Do we need holidays to celebrate the ones we love? Is it a good reminder in our calendars for the hectic lives we live to reach out to our loved ones? Or do you despise the holiday because of the excuse for companies to gain financially from it? Be sure to comment your thoughts below.
Read more about the holiday with these links I found: