The earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of
Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600's, many of the England's poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As
most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. England
celebrated a day called Mothering Sunday. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day of and were
encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake called the mothering cake, was
often brought along to provide a festive touch. In the United States Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia
Ward Howe(who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace. Ms. Howe would
hold organized Mother's Day meetings in Boston, Mass ever year. In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a
campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to
celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year
Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia. Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers,
businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother's Day. By 1911 Mother's Day was celebrated
in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day
as a National Holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.
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