The History of Mother's Day by Ryan Reeves

Dec 12, 2019

Welcome to McCormick Road Baptist Church's comprehensive guide on the history of Mother's Day. In this article, we will explore the origins, significance, and evolution of this special day as we celebrate mothers around the world.

The Origins of Mother's Day

The concept of honoring mothers dates back to ancient civilizations. The ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals to honor mother goddesses such as Rhea and Cybele. These celebrations involved feasts, rituals, and offerings to show gratitude towards these maternal figures.

However, the modern Mother's Day we know today can be traced back to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, a social activist, in the early 20th century. Inspired by her own mother's devotion and care, Jarvis campaigned for a day dedicated to honoring all mothers.

The Significance of Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a time to express appreciation for the incredible love, sacrifices, and influence that mothers have in our lives. It's a day to honor motherhood and the vital role mothers play in shaping and nurturing future generations.

It serves as a reminder to cherish and celebrate the unconditional love mothers provide, acknowledging their dedication, strength, and selflessness. Mother's Day offers an opportunity to show gratitude through acts of kindness, gifts, and quality time spent together.

The Evolution of Mother's Day

Following Anna Jarvis' successful campaign, Mother's Day gained national recognition in the United States in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson officially declared it a national holiday. Since then, it has become a beloved celebration worldwide.

The traditions associated with Mother's Day have evolved over time. People express their love and appreciation for mothers through various means, including heartfelt cards, flowers, gifts, and special outings. Many families gather for meals or engage in activities that bring joy to the mothers in their lives.

Mother's Day Around the World

While Mother's Day is celebrated on different dates globally, the sentiment remains the same - to honor and appreciate mothers universally. Countries across the world dedicate a day to acknowledge the contributions of mothers and mother figures.

In the United States, Mother's Day falls on the second Sunday of May. In the United Kingdom, it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Other countries, such as Australia, Canada, and India, also designate the second Sunday of May as Mother's Day.

Each culture brings its unique traditions and customs to Mother's Day celebrations, making it a vibrant and diverse global observance.


Mother's Day is a special occasion that recognizes and celebrates the immeasurable impact mothers have on our lives. It is an opportunity to express gratitude, love, and admiration for the women who have dedicated themselves to the well-being of their children.

At McCormick Road Baptist Church, we join in the celebration of Mother's Day and honor the remarkable mothers in our community. We believe in the importance of recognizing and appreciating the selfless love and sacrifices of mothers who inspire and shape our faith and beliefs.

Join us in this celebration and pay tribute to the incredible mothers who shape the world with their love and care.

Raksmey Sun
Such an interesting read! 🌸 Learn all about the history of Mother's Day and how it has evolved over time. 💐💖
Oct 5, 2023