Mother's Day is a recently celebrated holiday, but with a long historical tradition.
The first data comes from ancient Greece. In this culture, honors were given to Rea, mother of the gods Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. The Romans took this concept, and gave of ‘Hilaria” to this celebration, which took place every March 15 in the temple of Cibeles, lasted 3 days, and consisted of making different offerings.
Catholics embrace this concept to honor the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. Initially, it was celebrated on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. In England in the 17th century, the concept was called Mothers' Sunday. The children would go to Mass and come home with gifts for their mothers.
In the United States, during 1870, the poet and activist Julia Ward Howe wrote the "Mother's Day Proclamation" on peace and disarmament. 18 American cities held a Mother's Day meeting. On May 12, 1907, Julia's daughter Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, to commemorate Julia's death, organized a "Mother's Day", with a strong campaign throughout the United States.
7 years later, President Woodrow Wilson declared in 1914 Mother's Day every second Sunday in May in the United States. Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis held meetings between mothers to exchange views on various current issues.