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History of Mother's Day

Anna Jarvis

The current Mother's Day was born in West Virginia, USA, in the early 20th century. Anna Jarvis, a woman who lost her mother, held a memorial service at a church in May in memory of her late mother, and handed out one white carnation, her mother's favorite, to each attendee. The group of people moved by the memory of her mother gradually expanded, and within a few years, Mother's Day was celebrated in most states in the United States.

In 1910, the governor of West Virginia recognized Mother's Day. Furthermore, in 1914, at the suggestion of President Wilson at the time, the second Sunday in May, when the memorial service was held, was designated as Mother's Day, and it began to be celebrated as a national holiday. This is the reason why Mother's Day is often held in May worldwide.

Later, it was introduced to Japan around the Meiji period (1868–1912), and after the war it became a commonly held event in Japan. What we have introduced so far is the origin of Mother's Day, which is currently celebrated in many countries. In fact, if you go back in time, there was an event reminiscent of Mother's Day from BC!

In ancient Greece, a spring festival was held to thank Leah, the mother of the gods, and in England in the 17th century, Mothering Sunday was a day when people who went to work abroad were sent home to spend time with their mothers. There was a day when people all over the world expressed their gratitude to their mothers.

In the 20th century, Anna gave her mother a white carnation, but now it is customary to give a red carnation on Mother's Day. Red carnations are said to have bloomed from the tears shed by the Virgin Mary when Christ was crucified, and are said to be a symbol of maternal love.

Actually, there used to be different reasons for white and red. The white color is in memory of her late mother. Red is for my mother who is still alive. In Japan, the color was initially differentiated, but the color was unified to red because it was thought that some children would be hurt.

Just as each flower has its own meaning, carnations have different meanings depending on their color. Be careful as some of them may contain negative information.Why not give a carnation as a gift, expressing your feelings in the language of flowers?

Meanings of each carnation colors:

Red - “Love for mother” “Pure love” “True love”

Pink - “Grateful heart” “Warm heart”

Orange - “Pure love” “Touching”

Blue - “Eternal Happiness”

Purple - “pride” “elegance”

White - “Remembering my late mother” “Respect” “My love for you is alive”

Dark red - “Sadness in my heart”

Yellow - “contempt” “jealousy”


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