Observed first in 1907 at the request of Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who asked her church to hold a service in memory of all mothers on the anniversary of her mothers death. In 1909, two years after her mothers death, Jarvis and friends began a letter-writing campaign to create a Mother’s Day observance. Congress passed legislation in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Some say the predecessor of Mothers Day was the ancient spring festival dedicated to mother goddesses: Rhea (Greek) and Cybele (Roman).
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