Google Doodle commemorates Mother’s Day: Why is Mother’s Day celebrated and why its founder wanted to rescind it | India News
NEW DELHI: google doodle On Sunday Mother’s Day was commemorated with a pop card wishing all mothers around the world on the occasion.
Olivia When’s stop-motion artwork scribbles the two alphabets ‘O’ on Google with one bigger than the other. While the yellow and small ‘O’, apparently the ‘O’ of the child, appears in the heart with a smile, the larger and red ‘O’, apparently the mother ‘O’ receives them with joy and also explodes her heart.
The rest of the letters in the word ‘Google’, written as a child would write them, hang in the background with a ribbon.
Why is Mother’s Day celebrated?
Mother’s Day as we know it today was first celebrated on the second Sunday of May 1908 in the United States of America (USA). The day was founded by Anna Jarvis in memory of her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis, an activist.
As historians explain, Ann wanted a day to be commemorated to celebrate mothers “for the incomparable service they render to humanity in all walks of life. You have the right to do so.”
Ann had started organizing “Mothers Day Work Clubs” to combat high rates of infant and youth mortality. In the work clubs, the mothers learned about hygiene, sanitation and were also provided medicines for the sick in the families.
According to historians, Ann had lost nine children, including five during the American Civil War (1861-1865) who probably died of illness. Anna passed away in 1905 and is survived by four children.
Why is it Mother’s Day and not Mother’s Day?
One of Anna’s daughters, Anna Jarvis decided to fulfill her mother’s dream and took it upon herself to commemorate Ann by celebrating her passing as Mother’s Day.
However, while Anna’s vision was to acknowledge the contribution of mothers around the world, Ann’s approach for the day was from the perspective of a daughter celebrating her mother, hence the unique apostrophe.
Why is Mother’s Day celebrated on the second Sunday in May?
Three years after Ann’s death, the first Mother’s Day was celebrated at Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.
Anna chose the second Sunday in May because it would always be close to May 9, the day her mother died.
Anna presented hundreds of white carnations, her mother’s favorite flower, to the mothers who attended.
The popularity of the celebration grew. In 1910, Mother’s Day became a West Virginia state holiday and in 1914 it was designated a national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson.
Why did Anna want Mother’s Day rescinded?
One of the main reasons for the success of Mother’s Day was its commercial appeal. However, Anna was against it. He fought hard to make it clear that the original idea behind Mother’s Day had sentimental value that should not be exploited commercially.
Anna urged people not to buy carnations, the prices of which would skyrocket on Mother’s Day. In addition to the flower industry, the card and candy industries were the main benefactors of Mother’s Day. And this is not how Anna imagined it.
Even before it became a national holiday, Anna had claimed copyright to the phrase “Second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day,” and threatened to sue anyone who marketed it without permission.
Even in old age, Anna went door-to-door in Philadelphia asking for signatures to support a call to rescind Mother’s Day.
(With inputs from agencies)