13 May The History of Mother’s Day

Commemoration of mothers and motherhood has been around for a long time. America made Mother’s Day an official holiday in 1914, but Mother’s Day traditions actually date back to ancient Greeks and Romans (History.com, 2018). At Fairbanks Family Dental Center, we want to take time to honor moms everywhere for all their loving dedication. Here’s some history of Mother’s Day that that highlights the celebrating of mothers in societies worldwide, throughout the generations!

What is the history of Mother’s Day?

The United States can’t take full credit for the establishing of Mother’s Day as a holiday. The tradition has roots back to ancient times, where festivals were held for Greek and Roman goddesses who represented motherhood. Later, Christians in England developed the tradition of “Mothering Sunday,” which took place on the fourth Sunday of Lent and was meant as the get-together of all members, post Lent. The concept of “Mothering Sunday” eventually transitioned away from being a concept related to the church, and moved toward the more modern meaning of Mother’s Day. Our present American Mother’s Day was actually begun by Anna Jarvis, who dedicated the day to honoring mothers for sacrifices made for their children. She established the day in honor of her mother, Anne Reeves Jarvis, who actively taught women in her community about properly caring for their children. By 1914, so many towns and people had adopted Anna Jarvis’ idea, that President Woodrow Wilson eventually signed legislation declaring Mother’s Day as an official holiday (History.com 2018).

At Fairbanks Family Dental Care, we recognize Moms are some of the most important people in today’s society. Mothers build secure and confident people, one child at a time. So, Moms, we say thank you! And if you’re looking for an unconventional way to honor Mom this year, why not give her the gift of a confident smile? By sending your mother to our Fairbanks office, we can set her up with at-home teeth whitening kits, or even a dental cleaning, so she can leave feeling appreciated and proud of her smile!

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