A Special Mother’s Day Celebration At Selmer Elementary
The history of Mother’s Day is centuries old and the earliest Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. The first Mother’s Day was observed on May 10, 1908.
The House of Representatives in May 1913 unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the President, his cabinet, the members of both Houses and all officials of the federal government to wear a white carnation on Mother’s Day.
On May 7, 1914, a resolution providing that the second Sunday in May be designated Mother’s Day was introduced by Representative James T. Heflin of Alabama and Senator Morris Sheppard of Texas. It passed both Houses and on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the first official announcement proclaiming Mother’s Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May. He asked Americans to give a public expression of reverence to mothers through the celebration of Mother’s Day.
Today, Mother’s Day is a day honoring mothers, celebrated on various days in many places around the world.
It is the day when you acknowledge your mothers contribution in your life and pay a tribute to her, often with flowers and gifts.
It complements Father’s Day, the celebration honoring fathers.