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26. March 2018

The day of the mothers

Mother's Day

Since when has Mother's Day actually been celebrated? The origin of Mother's Day is in America and the custom originated there about 100 years ago. This beautiful custom, which is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May, is a sign of appreciation to all mothers. Children make gifts, and together with dad, they cook on Mother's Day to spoil their mothers. At Swiss Holiday Park, many families celebrate Mother's Day at our luxurious Mother's Day Brunch, or you can book a couple of days off straight away, where not only does Mummy get to be pampered at the spa, but the whole family can enjoy the many attractions.

Mother's Day has been around since 1914 and originated in the USA. Over the years, it has become established in the Western world. In many countries, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Origins of Mother's Day can be traced to ancient Greece and to the Romans with their corresponding goddesses such as the Greek goddess Rhea.

Mother's Day can be traced back to the American and English women's movements. American Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis founded the Mothers Friendships Day movement in 1865. At the Mothers Day meetings, mothers discussed current issues. From 1860 onwards, various women's movements were also founded in Europe, campaigning for peace, more women's rights and better educational opportunities for girls. In 1890, the International Council of Women was formed to fight for more recognition for mothers.

Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis' daughter, Anna Marie Jarvis, is considered the actual founder of Mother's Day as we celebrate it today. She organized the Memorial Mothers Day Meeting on May 12, 1907, the Sunday after the second anniversary of her mother's death. A year later, she again urged that all mothers be remembered on the second Sunday of May at the Methodist Church in Grafton. In memory of her beloved, deceased mother, she had 500 white carnations distributed to other mothers.

She devoted all her time to making Mother's Day official. She wrote letters to important people in politics, the church and business, as well as to women's associations. The movement quickly gained sympathy and grew steadily, and by 1909 Mother's Day was celebrated in 45 states in the United States. In 1912, the Methodists introduced Mother's Day in West Virginia. And on May 8, 194, the U.S. Congress enacted the Joint Resolution Designating the Second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. In 1914, Mother's Day was observed as a national holiday for the first time. The increasing commercialization of Mother's Day angered Anna Marie Jarvis. She turned her back on her project and even fought to abolish the holiday, but unsuccessfully.

1917 Mother's Day also becomes an issue in Switzerland

Mother's Day then quickly spread to the wider world. Mother's Day reached Switzerland in 1917. However, at first without much attention. Then the florists, the gardeners and the confectioners got the scent of big business and started to promote Mother's Day. They supported the organizations that promoted Mother's Day. Through the press, leaflets, radio and shop windows, Mother's Day then made its breakthrough in 1930. Since then, Mother's Day has also been celebrated in Switzerland on the second Sunday in May.