The origins of Mother’s Day can often be thought to be traced back in time to many ancient rites, which had symbolic and spiritual origins, such as many Goddesses and symbols of motherhood that were celebrated. Mother’s Day is a celebration that honours motherhood, mothers, maternal bonds and the influence that Mothers have had on society. It is an American invention and it is not directly related to the many celebrations that have occurred throughout the world over the past thousands of years. May 10, 1908 was the first official Mother’s Day celebration that took place in West Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. White carnations were given out to every Mother that was in attendance at the celebration in Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Today white carnations are still very important as they are used to honour Mothers that are deceased. Pink and red carnations are used to pay tribute to Moms that are still living. In 1914, the second Sunday in May was signed into being the day of national observance, in which the second Sunday in May was declared as Mother’s Day. From this date on, this holiday flourished in the United States. Flowers became a very important part of the celebration especially the white carnations.
Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May in many countries; however there are some countries that have different days set to celebrate, most commonly in March, April and May. Over 70 countries observe Mother’s Day.
To celebrate this special day Mother’s Day cards are often given as well as flowers which are a very popular gift to give in celebrating with Mom’s. Carnations have always been a popular flower, however today we have a wide variety of beautiful fresh flower and plant arrangements for Mother’s Day. Choices can range from traditional, to modern and contemporary. Whatever the choice, Mother’s will always appreciate and treasure a gift of flowers on this special day.