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Mothers Day 2017



To celebrate motherhood, mums and our very own household heroes on Mother’s Day, IGR London wishes to share some fascinating facts and a touch of history about Mother’s Day!


Mother’s Day is celebrated throughout the globe and the dates and traditions vary according to each nation. In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated on Queen Sirikit’s birthday in August. Whilst in Ethiopia, Mother’s Day is multi day celebration of Antrosht, commemorating motherhood in fall, families gather together to sing and have a feast.


The tradition of Mother’s Day began as early as the Ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals to honour the mother Goddess Rhea and Cybele, the most modern precedent is the early Christian festival of ‘Mothering Sunday’.


Throughout history there have been pioneers of Mother’s Day, including Julia Ward Howe, Julien Calhoun Blakely and the duo – Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering.


In the 1900s, Anna Jarvis and daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis founded the official Mother’s Day holiday in the US.  To Anne Jarvis, the day mean celebrating the sacrifices mother made for their children, she wore a white carnation and visited church. In May 1908, Jarvis organised the first official Mother’s Day was at a Methodist church in Grafton in West Virginia, together with the financial aid of John Wanamaker, a Philadelphian department store owner. Jarvis campaigned for many years to have Mother’s Day as part of the national calendar and in 1914 she was successful, when President Woodrow Wilson established the second Sunday in May as Mothering Sunday. 




Dipika @ IGR London