Celebration of mothers has existed for centuries and can be dated back to the time of the Greek and Roman Empires.

Celebration of mothers has existed for centuries and can be dated back to the time of the Greek and Roman Empires. Although it bears little resemblance to traditions of the past, Mother’s Day has become one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world.

The first modern Mother’s Day in the United States occurred in 1908 when a woman named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She began campaigning to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday when her mother passed away in 1905. Her mother was a peace activist, and Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing her work. She then set a day aside to honor all mothers, as she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”

Jarvis faced criticism from Congress for suggesting to make it an official holiday. With continued efforts, by 1911 all US states celebrated the holiday.

Though Jarvis made the holiday a success, she became resentful due to its commercialization, thanks to companies such as Hallmark, who began exploiting the holiday. Jarvis believed that people should appreciate and honor their mothers through handwritten letters expressing love and gratitude instead of buying gifts and pre-made cards, much of what the holiday is based around today. Jarvis boycotted the holiday, protesting a candy makers convention in 1923, in addition to an American War Mothers meeting in 1925. At the meeting, she was protesting the sale of carnations which had become associated with the holiday, and was arrested for disturbing the peace.

In most countries, Mother’s Day is derived from the United States holiday in an effort for companies to benefit from its commercial popularity. As the holiday has been adopted by other countries and cultures, each holiday has different meanings associated with different events, and is celebrated on different days. Some countries had existing celebrations, and so only adopted aspects from the US holiday, such as carnations or gift-giving. And, in some countries, the holiday is hardly a thought.

Mother’s Day differs from place to place, but one should always take time to be grateful and kind to one’s mother for the love and care brought into their families’ lives.

If you’re still looking for Mother’s Day ideas, there are numerous events and sales happening on or around Sunday in Montevideo:

• Runnings: Sale on select gardening supplies through Sunday.

• Flowers from the Heart: Floral arrangements offered with free delivery in town and surrounding areas. Pre-orders are welcome, call Carmen Haugen at (320) 321-1344.

• Gervais Jewelers: Sale on synthetic stones.

• L&E Greenhouse: Pots and planters can be filled, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

• Korthuis Jewelry: Sale on synthetic stones and 25 percent off all diamond jewelry in Montevideo and Granite Falls.

• Heather Floral and Greenhouse: Selection of Mother’s Day floral bouquets, hanging baskets and blooming plants in Montevideo, Dawson and Madison.

• The Rivers: Mother’s Day Buffet from 10:30 a.m. until gone. Includes ham, meatballs, broasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, assortment of sides, desserts, and a salad bar. Adults $15.99, kids (10 and under) $6.99, and seniors (65 and older) $10.99.

• The Crossings: Mother’s Day Buffet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Includes ham, swedish meatballs, broiled lemon tilapia, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, eggs benedict, bacon, pecan buns, yogurt parfaits, and fresh fruit. Adults $19, kids (6-12) $7, 5 and under eat free. Reservation recommended, call (320) 269-8600.

• Jake’s Pizza: Mother’s Day Special, order two 2-topping medium pizzas and a 2-liter bottle of coke for $23.95, for Large add $4. Can be in, delivery or carry out; (320) 269-2115.

• Valentino’s: Mother’s Day dinner, including Chicking Cordon Bleu, smoked ribs, hamball dinner, rotisserie duckling, roast turkey breast, stuffed pork chops, strawberry turkey salad, and desserts.

There is also the ever popular breakfast in bed, which Coborn’s has gotten ready for by stocking up on their breakfast items.

If you don’t have anything planned yet, find one of the many things happening on Sunday!

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