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Sunday, May 11, 2008
Mother's Day creator hated commericalisation of the occasion | 11:24 AM

May 11, 2008

GRAFTON (West Virginia) - ON this 100th anniversary of Mother's Day, the woman credited with creating one of the world's most celebrated holidays probably would not be pleased with all the flowers, candy or gifts.

Ms Anna Jarvis would want us to give mothers a white carnation - she felt it signified the purity of a mother's love.

Ms Jarvis, who never married and never had children, got the Mother's Day idea after her mother said it would be nice if someone created a memorial to mothers.
Three years after her mother died in 1905, she organised the first official mother's day service at a church where her mother had spent more than 20 years teaching Sunday school.

Today, the former Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church is the official shrine to mothers around the world. On Sunday, the shrine will celebrate the 100th anniversary, giving each mother attending a special service a white carnation.

The shrine also serves as a 'reminder to the accomplishments of these women and to the issues mothers still deal with today, trying to do the balancing act of being everything to everyone', said Ms Cindi Mason, the shrine's director.

According to the United States Census Bureau, there are 83 million mothers in the United States. More mothers now work out of the home and the number of single-mother households has tripled to more than 10 million since 1970.

What has allowed Mother's Day to become celebrated on the second Sunday in May in more than 50 countries worldwide is 'everyone has a mother', said Ms Sally Thayer, a trustee of the International Mother's Day Shrine in Grafton. 'It's a wonderful thing to celebrate.'

Source : The Sunday Times
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