On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. On May 9, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother’s Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.
Since then, American citizens have been cerebrating this annual holiday on a nationwide basis. Originally Mother’s Day was established by Anna Jarvis following the death of her mother Ann Jarvis on May 9, 1905. Back in 1868, Ann Jarvis (mother of Anna Jarvis) created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day” for the purpose of reuniting families which had been divided during the Civil War. This was the initial stage leading to current Mother’s Day.
Until Mother’s Day was authorized as a national holiday, it was nothing but a local holiday in the state of West Virginia. Nowadays not only in the United States but also many countries all over the world cerebrate Mother’s Day although it looks like there are slight differences in the event date and ways of celebrations.
In the meantime, It is a well known story that CARNATIONS represent Mother’s Day all over the world. The reason behind this is that carnations were the favorite flower of Ann Jarvis who is a mother of Anna Jarvis.
As you know, wearing a white carnation is to honor a deceased mother and wearing a pink carnation is to honor a living mother. Although carnations are associated with Mother’s Day, there should be no strict rule binding people to prohibit from using other flowers in making or sending flower arrangements for a mom on this annual holiday. By sending flowers on Mother’s Day, you can show your mom that you have taken time to think about her. Therefore you may rest assured that you can choose flower arrangements which suit her best.
Getting back to the activities of Anna Jarvis, she ended up with disagreeing over the selling of flowers for Mother’s Day seemingly because the greedy industry targeted Mother’s Day as one of the most profitable events and believed that this holiday could be exploited.
Although she took various actions for protesting against the commercialism which made the best use of Mother’s Day as a tool for making money, this particular day remains, in the United States, one of the best sales days for florists.
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