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Mother's Day is a Celebration of Maternal Bonds

Updated on October 24, 2011

Mother’s Day is really a national holiday that recognizes maternal bonds. These bonds are between all mothers everywhere and have existed for a long time, but the holiday almost wasn’t to be.

Women’s peace groups were the first organizations that worked to establish a national holiday for mothers. The women’s peace groups organized and met as a bonding that was established for women that had lost sons in the civil war on both sides. The first recognized observances were locally and nothing at the national level. These early Mother’s Day celebrations were during the 1870s and 1880s.

Ann Jarvis fashioned a committee to make a national holiday for a Mother’s Friendship Day. Her purpose was stated as a form of bringing together families that had been divided during the great Civil War. Unfortunately, Ann Jarvis didn’t see her dream come to be, she died in 1905.

The Mother’s Day that we know and celebrate in the modern era was established by Ann Jarvis’ daughter Anna Marie Jarvis. Her mother’s memorial was held on May 12, 1907. Following her mother’s memorial she held the first Mother’s Day that was recognized nationally and then internationally. West Virginia was the first state to recognize it followed quickly by the rest of the nation.

Anna Jarvis was fighting the commercialization of the holiday. Nine years after the first Mother’s Day commercialization took over the holiday to her dismay. She didn’t like the greeting cards tied to the holiday and anything else that touched on commercialization of the holiday. She spent the remainder of her life and her inheritance fighting to bring it back to what her intentions of the holiday initially were- an observance of motherhood and maternal bonds.

The holiday today loosely resembles its beginnings but is celebrated by the world every first Sunday in May. Mother’s Day is for mothers that are here with us today and those that are no longer with us. http://hubpages.com/hub/Giftidesforthismothersdayinremembranceofyourmother

Mother's Day was a holiday that had a rough start, it almost wasn't to be.
Mother's Day was a holiday that had a rough start, it almost wasn't to be. | Source
Mother's Day is commercialized and millions are spent each year by Americans on this international holiday
Mother's Day is commercialized and millions are spent each year by Americans on this international holiday | Source
Mother's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for the phone company, ranking in the top three.
Mother's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for the phone company, ranking in the top three. | Source
Happy Mother's Day from all of the mothers in America.
Happy Mother's Day from all of the mothers in America. | Source
Mothers rings are one of the most popular items of jewelry each year for this holiday.
Mothers rings are one of the most popular items of jewelry each year for this holiday. | Source
Greeting cards are one of the most sought after gifts for the holiday.
Greeting cards are one of the most sought after gifts for the holiday. | Source

Americans spend millions of dollars on flowers, candy, and pampering gifts like pedicures, restaurants having holiday breakfasts, lunches and dinners along with greeting cards each year. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for the phone companies. The jewelry industry loves this holiday more than Christmas. More than 10% of annual jewelry sales are for this popular holiday. One of the favorite gifts for the giving is mother’s rings. These rings are for mothers and contain the birthstones of all of their children.

Could this holiday have went on being battered down and never saw the light of day with the commercialization of the observance? It’s quite possible. Millions of dollars that are spent in our nation for this holiday are a testament to the retailers promoting the day and making certain that it continues. America is built upon capitalism and this holiday is capitalism at its best.

We must remember what this holiday was created for, the celebration of motherhood and maternal bonds and celebrate it for what it was created for, mothers and the spot they hold in this world.

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    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Mothers are the heart and soul of the family and the glue that keeps it all together.

    • Shirley Aguas profile image

      Shirley Aguas 7 years ago from Philippines

      I totally agree with you. Mothers do hold a special spot in this world. :-)

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