Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful women who popped a baby out and then had the stones to actually raise the crying, defecating little twerp. Seriously, we appreciate it. It’s incredibly difficult to develop into a full-formed and healthy, functioning member of society without good parenting and that’s where most mothers excel. Respect, ladies.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. Here in the good ‘ol U.S. of A., we always celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. Consider this your heads up for next year. In the United States, the celebration of Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood).
The first noted celebration of Mother’s Day in America came in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.
In 1908, the US Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day” (in their defense, that does sound awful). However, thanks to the efforts of Jarvis, by 1911 all US states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday, the first being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state, in 1910. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.
When you think about it, it really is crazy how Mother’s Day just hasn’t ALWAYS been a thing. I mean, I know for a fact I wouldn’t be at least a semi-put together adult if it weren’t for my mother. When you’re a kid and have a problem, who do you turn to? Mom. If you try asking your Dad for help, what does he always say? “Go ask your mother.” It all comes back to Mom, so this is really the sort of thing that should have been around since the dawn of time.
Boom. There you have it. Mother’s Day has been a nationally recognized holiday for more than 100 years. Before you go out and buy last minute flowers for your madre, be sure to check out our hilarious memes commemorating the holiday.