The History of Mother’s Day



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The History of Mother’s Day
by國華國中陳郁婷老師及張汶婷老師
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Today people usually celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May, like Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia and Belgium. Not all of countries in the world hold activities on this day.

A girl, Anna Jarvis, in order to memorize her mother's efforts and love for the society, chose her mother's dead day as a memorable day to show her missing. Then she did her best to push the government to set up Mother's Day as a national holiday in 1914.


Anna’s mother liked white carnations the best. Anna always picked up carnations to memory her mother. That is the reason why people send carnations to their mothers. People today buy red carnations for their mothers. In the past, people liked to send cards, write letters, and some buy presents for their mothers. But now there are too many

commercial profits with Mother's Day's coming. Businessmen make many kinds of goods about Mother's Day. The meaning of Mother's Day seems disappearing.



In 1923, Anna tried stopping a Mother's Day festival because of being disturbing the peace of Mother's Day. Anna in 1948 said, “I was regretted starting the Mother's Day tradition.”

According to this passage, answering questions by True “T” or False “F.”


( ) 1. People all over the world celebrate Mother's Day on the same day.
( ) 2. Annie was angry with businessmen's presents.
( ) 3. Today the celebration on Mother's Day is meaningful.
( ) 4. Annie was sorry to set up Mother's Day.
( ) 5. People send carnations for mothers because of Anna's mother's favorite flower.





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