Mother’s Day is a holiday that celebrates mothers and motherhood. It started in the United States. The holiday was founded in 1908 by Anna Jarvis.

 

Mother’s Day was first made to celebrate a person’s own mother. Now it is made to celebrate all mothers and motherhood in general. It is celebrated in different times in different countries. In the United States of America, it is the second Sunday in May. In the UK, Mother’s day is always on a Sunday- this year it falls on the 14th March. Children traditionally make cards, gift chocolates and flowers and a lot of other things for their mother.

History

The idea for Mother’s Day started in the 1850s. Ann Reeves Jarvis had mother’s day work clubs where women tried to fight disease and bad milk. They also helped make hurt soldiers better during the Civil War.

After the war, Ann made Mother’s Day Friendship picnics and Mother’s Friendship Day for the women from both sides of the war.

 

In 1908 after her mother died, Anna Jarvis made the first Mother’s Day celebration in Grafton, West Virginia. People also celebrated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and many other cities. For six years, Anna made the celebration bigger until President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday in 1914. Since then, Mothering Sunday is celebrated around the world in lots of different ways.

Nursery and Reception spent some time making a variety of different things to gift our mums on mothering Sunday. Have a look at our creations. Do you think they will like them?

 “We made bouquets of flowers for our mums but shhhhhhh don’t tell her! It’s a surprise!”