Mother's Day Profiteering Irks the Founder!
Mother's Day (May 9th)
The mother of all Mother's Days dates back to ancient Greece and the annual spring tribute to Rhea, mythological mother of the gods. Ancient Romans, Celtic pagans and early Christians partook in various spring flings honoring fertility and motherhood, as well. In 17th century England, the fourth Sunday of Lent marked Mothering Sunday, a day for domestic servants living far from home to reunite with their mothers for a single day -- then back to the grind.
Mother's Day as we know it was born of Anna Jarvis' persistent lobbying in memory of her mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis, the social worker and activist who created the idea. Ironically, years after Mother's Day became official, Anna spent her inheritance and final days combating the rampant commercialism that quickly overtook it -- and was even arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace at an anti-Mother's Day rally. She had wanted a day of sentiment, not profit -- oops!