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Tags: Polls | Presidential History | observance | states | jarvis

113 Years Ago W Va Became 1st State to Celebrate Mother's Day

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By Friday, 07 May 2021 02:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

May 6, 2021: In 1908 —113 years ago — West Virginia became the first state to celebrate Mothers Day. By 1914, it was observed as a holiday in all U.S. states. This year, Americans are expected to spend $28 billion to celebrate the holiday.[1][2]

The origins of Mothers Day came about in what many today would consider an unusual way. In 1908, Congress actually voted against making Mothers Day a national holiday.[3]

That happened after a West Virginia woman named Anna Jarvis began pushing for a Mothers Day holiday in 1905 (the year her own mother died).

In 1908, she put on a memorial for her mother at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which is now home to the International Mothers Day Shrine.[1]

When Congress rejected the holiday, Jarvis went to the states. West Virginia became the first to celebrate Mothers Day, and by 1912, many states were celebrating the observance.

President Woodrow Wilson decided it was better late than never for the federal government to catch up, finally declaring Mothers Day a national holiday in 1914.[1]

Jarvis had envisioned Mothers Day as a day to celebrate and continue the charity work her mother had done. Among other things, her mother had tended to the wounded on both sides during the Civil War.[1]

Jarvis herself later became discouraged by the commercialization of the celebration.[1]

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Footnotes:

  1. History, "Mothers Day 2021," April 30, 2021
  2. Statista, "Planned total expenditure on Mother's Day in the United States from 2007 to 2021," April 26, 2021
  3. Fort Worth Weekly, "Mothers Day 2021 is Here!," May 5, 2021

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This year, Americans are expected to spend $28 billion to celebrate the holiday. The origins of Mother’s Day came about in what many today would consider an unusual way.
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