The celebration of Mother’s Day began in the United States: During the Civil War 1861-1865, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, organized the Mothers Friendships Day, a movement of mothers who treated the wounded on both sides of the conflict. After the war, Jarvis began to gather the mothers of soldiers during the so-called Mother’s Day Meetings during which they exchanged information on various topics.
Five years later, in 1870, Julia Ward Howe, an American social activist and poet, published her “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world”, later known as Mother’s Day Proclamation.
Two years after the death of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, daughter Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother and started a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States. In 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson finally signed a proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honour mothers.
Shortly after several European countries adopted this decision with the result that today almost every country in the world celebrates Mother’s Day, whether the first or second Sunday in May.
And they surely deserve it! As we say in Spain: There is only one mother! So, spend the day with your mother, invite her to a restaurant, give her a present.