In the 1600's, the Christian's in England celebrated a day to honor Mary, the Mother of Christ. Later it was ordered to be expanded to celebrate all Mothers. It was then known as, "Mothering Sunday," celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, honoring the Mothers of England.
Many of the poor people who worked as servants for the wealthy, lived with their employers, far away from their families. On Mothering Sunday, everyone had the day off and were encouraged to go home and spend the day with their Moms.
The way we celebrate Mothers Day, today, is credited to a woman by the name of Anna Jarvis. She spent many years looking after her sick mother. When her mom died on May 9th 1905, Anna missed her so much. She felt children didn't appreciate their mothers enough while they were alive, so she decided to propose a day to honor them. Anna started a letter writing campaign to convince ministers, businessmen, and congressmen, into declaring Mother's Day a national holiday.
Anna Jarvis' hard work paid off, as the first Mother's Day was observed on May 10th, 1908 in a Methodist Church in Grafton. Grafton is the home of the International Mother's Day Shrine.
This day for honoring Moms spread quickly throughout the States. Only 2 years later, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May, Mother's Day, a national holiday. Its popularity grew around the world, while many other countries used the same day. It is no wonder a day for moms would end up so important. We owe a lot to our mothers for their selfless love, caring, and support.