In today's world, Mother's Day is a massive celebration dedicated to celebrating the women who help raise the next generation of humanity with very little recognition, praise and no pay. However, it wasn't always such a widespread event. In fact, before the beginning of the 20th century, it didn't really exist at all. Learn about the surprising history of Mother's Day and then find out where to make your reservations for this year's celebration on May 14th.
When it comes to celebrating mothers in general, ancient Greeks and Romans would hold religious rites to honor Cybele, a goddess linked to motherhood, and have their personal arrangements at home. A Christian tradition of visiting the church you grew up in, known as your Mother Church, started during the Medieval period and slowly grew into what we practice today as Mother's day. Despite the name, the first Mothering days were strictly religious, but slowly the name began to inspire celebrations of all mothers too.
While kids and fathers chose how to celebrate mothers on their own in the 1800s, the arrival of the 1900s inspired a new wave of the holiday to add a little more joy and boost consumer sales throughout the year. Anna Jarvis advocated for the federal recognition of a Mother's Day in May and started her battle for getting it approved in 1908, but didn't achieve her goal until 1914. However, the celebration didn't catch on in a big way until the 1930s and 1940s. Early holidays were basic affairs, and the whole cards and flowers gifting didn't become a tradition for a few more decades. The first few Mother's Days certainly didn't involve trips to steakhouses and full days of relaxation.
It's kind of surprising, but Anna Jarvis grew to hate Mother's Day after creating it and seeing how it became a commercialized event due to the floral and greeting card industry. She actually spent her entire life's fortunes on battling the use of the term.
Today, we make Mother's Day a big deal, just as it should be. Not everyone can fly or drive to be with their mom during the big day, but almost everyone can afford at least a quick phone call; it should be no surprise that phone traffic can spike up to 40% on this day alone. Each consumer buys an average of 2.8 cards for the day. Presumably, at least two of them for their grandmother and mother, as well as some people buying them for mother-in-laws too.
Nothing says "I love you Mom" like a night off from cooking dinner. Make your reservations early here at The Alcove Restaurant & Lounge to make sure we still have space available for the holiday. We look forward to seeing you and your mother on her special day!