Did you know that 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day? The first Mother’s Day was celebrated by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church. On that day, Jarvis passed out more than 500 carnations to each mother in the congregation – a white carnation was worn to honor deceased mothers and a pink one to honor a living mother. This custom quickly caught on and spread throughout the country and in 1914 President Wilson declared the first national Mother’s Day as a day to honor mothers whose sons had died in war.
Today, Mother’s Day has expanded into a day where we honor all of the mothers in our lives. This can extend beyond our “moms” to our grandmothers, mother-in-laws and any other inspirational women who have made an impression on us.
How do you plan to honor all the moms in your life this Mother’s Day?