- Mother's Day celebrations date back at least as far
as ancient Greece, where worshipers observed a spring
day in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the gods. In 17th
century England, Christians celebrated "Mothering Sunday,"
the fourth Sunday in Lent, to honor the Virgin Mary and
other faithful Moms.
In the United States, Julia Ward Howe suggested the idea
of Mother's Day in 1872. Howe envisioned the holiday as
being dedicated to world peace.
The first Mother's Day celebrations in the USA took place
in West Virginia in 1908, at the urging of Ana Jarvis. Ana's
own mother had passed away several years earlier, and it
had been her dream to reunite families divided by the Civil
War with a day dedicated to Mothers. The idea quickly caught
on, and in 1914 Woodrow Wilson declared the second
Sunday of May to be the official Mother's Day.