Happy Mother’s Day 2017! Here’s a Surprising Look Behind the History of Mom’s Special Day

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July 07, 2017

 

Strangely, Anna Jarvis never wed, nor did she bear any children. Yet she saw her holiday become so popularized, so commercialized, that she fought to eradicate it from the calendar.

She grew increasingly concerned over how florists, card companies and other merchants capitalized on the popularity of Mother’s Day.

Initially, Jarvis had worked with the floral industry in helping to boost the holiday’s profile, using white carnations as a symbol to show support for mothers.

But by 1920, only six years after it had become a designated holiday on the American calendar, she denounced the day, campaigning against those who commercialized it by buying flowers, cards and candies.

The woman who had worked tirelessly to see to its designation, now became its most active and outspoken opponent against it.

She even launched countless lawsuits against groups and organizations who used the slogan “Mother’s Day,” as a means to gain financially from it. She would spend most of her personal wealth tied up in legal fees.

By 1948, at the time of her death, Jarvis had disowned the holiday altogether, actively lobbying the government to remove it from the American calendar.

As of now, Mother’s Day has grown into a worldwide event, with each country celebrating it in unique ways.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is still seen as an opportunity to give mom’s gifts and flowers, and has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending.

The day is also a time to give moms time off from daily activities, like cooking and other household chores.

*Compliments of History.com