Traditionally, on the second Sunday in May, he gives up thanks to all his mothers. Take a look with us at the history of the holiday, which celebrates motherhood in its various forms and has been celebrated since ancient times.
A holiday dating back to antiquity
Mother's Day is always celebrated worldwide on the second Sunday in May. The roots of this beautiful holiday go back to ancient Rome, where motherhood as such was celebrated. This holiday was once called Matronalie and was dedicated to the goddess Juno, the protector of married women and expectant mothers.
Later in the Renaissance of the 16th century, the holiday was called Mothering Sunday and was a Christian holiday, which was designated the fourth Sunday since the beginning of Lent. At that time, the servants were given a day off to visit their home church, the so-called mothering church, translated as the place where they came from and where their mothers and families lived. On the way home, the young people picked flowers, which they then brought to the church or to their mother.
Women against the war
The history of Mother's Day was influenced by two names of important women. The first is Julia Ward Howe, who in 1870 called on women to unite against the wars in her Mother's Day Call. This woman then tried to set a specific day for Mother's Day celebrations in the following years, but failed with the proposal. Only then did Anna Marie Jarvisová become the real founder, who promoted the introduction of Mother's Day to the memory of her own, which was responsible for work circles where sanitary and medical assistance was offered.
She first celebrated in a circle of close friends in 1907 and in the following years fought for the recognition of the holiday. She succeeded, and a year later in 1908, the holiday was officially celebrated in a church in Grafton. In 1910, the governor of West Virginia took care of the public announcement of the holiday, and in 1914, a joint proposal by the US Congress was approved by President Woodrow Wilson. Since then, the second Sunday in May has become an official holiday for all mothers. Thanks to Alice Masaryková, the holiday came to the Czech Republic in 1923.