Anna Jarvis is credited with originating Mothers Day in 1907. Her mother died on May 9, 1905, and missing her greatly, Anna started a letter writing campaign to ask ministers, businessmen and congressmen to make Mothers Day a holiday to recognize all mothers. With each letter, she would send a white carnation.
In May of 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made Mothers Day an annual holiday. Traditionally, if you were a mother, you would wear a carnation on Mothers Day – a white carnation if your mother had passed away and a colored carnation if your mother was still living.
Throughout history, flowers have been linked with motherhood, symbolizing purity, beauty and life – all of which we attribute to our mothers. Love your mother and always remember that she began loving YOU before you were even born.