The origin of Mother’s Day is found in ancient Greece but eventually passed to different countries, becoming a celebration of almost everyone.
Mother’s Day celebrations began in ancient Greece, with festivities in honor of Rhea, the mother of Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto.
During the sixteenth century, in England, a celebration began with a day called “Sunday service,” called “Sunday to Serve the Mothers” in which the mothers of England were honored and the servants had permission and the day paid for Go visit their mothers.
At that time many of the poor of England worked as servants for the rich. Most of the work was far from home, and servants lived in the homes of their employers.
This was a great joy for the servants who paid them their day’s work and could go back to their families and spend the day with their mothers.
In the United States, the origin of “Mother’s Day” is the tender story of a young woman who prematurely loses her mother, who conceived the idea of dedicating a tribute, an unparalleled day, to pay tribute to the mother.
Ana Jarvis of Philadelphia, after the death of her mother in 1905, decides to write to teachers, religious, politicians, lawyers and other personalities, to support her project of celebrating Mother’s Day on the anniversary of The death of his mother, the 2nd Sunday of May.
It had many answers, and by 1910 it was already celebrated in almost all the states of the United States.
Seeing the young Jarvis, the great welcome to her initiative, got the United States Congress to present a bill in favor of the celebration of “Mother’s Day”, across the United States.
In 1914, after deliberating and approving the bill, President Woodrow Wilson signed the petition proclaiming the “National Day of Mothers” to be celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
Subsequently other countries joined the celebration and Ana Jarvis was able to see more than 40 countries from different parts of the world in this event.
In the Dominican Republic we celebrate Mother’s Day on the last Sunday of May. The Hymn to the Mothers, written by Trina de Moya, is the song par excellence in schools to celebrate this day. Thus begins this beautiful hymn. “Come the inhabitants of the country and the city, let us sing a hymn of intense filial love, let us sing to mothers their tenderness and their eagerness and their noble attribute of unselfish devotion …”
Trina de Moya was the wife of President Horacio Vásquez, who ruled the country from 1924 to 1930. The municipality of Villa Trina, in the province of Espaillat, bears his name in honor of this distinguished Dominican woman.