Mother’s Day can be traced back to the early Greeks’ feast for Cybele, the earth goddess. The Romans have a similar custom, paying homage to Juno by tendering sweet and lovely gifts to all moms. The modern Mother’s Day, as we celebrate them now, was created and copyrighted by Ana Jarvis of West Virginia in 1912. She embarked on a campaign to claim international recognition for Mother’s Day as a holiday, as a tribute to her mom who died in 1907. She and her sister Ellsinore spent their family fortune on this crusade and so lived and died in poverty. They, however, left a lasting legacy which the modern world celebrates every second Sunday of May—something we’re sure their mom would cherish forever.
HOW MOTHER’S DAY CAME TO BE