Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 9 this year
Many nations around the world have their own unique versions of a special day set aside for honouring mothers. Mother’s Day as we know it in North America was first celebrated and later adopted as an official American holiday in the early 1900s, mainly through the efforts of Anna Jarvis, following the passing of her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, who in the 1850s had formed coalitions of mothers that became known as “Mother’s Day Work Clubs,” and in 1868 had organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day” as a way of promoting peace and reconciliation following the US Civil War. Wishing to honour her mother’s efforts, Anna Jarvis envisioned the idea of Mother’s Day as a way of paying tribute to all that mothers do for their children
After years of effort promoting official recognition of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis’ dream was realized in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure declaring the second Sunday of every May as Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis’ vision of Mother’s Day was of a special, reflective time for families to commemorate and appreciate all that mothers do and are.
An emblem of Anna Jarvis’ vision for Mother’s Day included the wearing of a white carnation, which had been her mother’s favourite flower. Anna Jarvis sent 500 white carnations to be distributed at an early Mother’s Day event held in Grafton, West Virginia, where her mother had taught Sunday School, in honour of contributions made by mothers to the community and beyond. A later 1927 interview quoted Anna Jarvis’ explanation of the flower’s symbolic meaning to her: “The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying.”
One unifying feature of Mother’s Day celebrations is that it makes a perfect time for sharing a special meal to mark this much-loved occasion. This is the first Mother’s Day for Let’s Cook – and we’re pleased to offer options for household members both to enjoy a delicious meal at home with their moms, and to also send a meal kit as a wonderful surprise for a special mom, who may be a sister, daughter, neighbour or friend.
However you and your family plan to celebrate this year, Let’s Cook would like to wish all of the mothers of our community and the surrounding area a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Written by Cathy, Let’s Cook Content Manager