The Origionation Of The Mother’s Day In Germany
Mother’s Day is one of the few German festivals that have no ecclesiastical roots. Since the festival always falls on the second Sunday in May, it is also a public holiday.
However, in some days, Happy Mother’s Day 2018 and Pentecost fall on the same date. The tradition comes from the USA and was only exported to Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. It was probably the flower industry.
In some places, the tradition of Mother’s Day is traced back to antiquity and brought into harmony with the Roman Cybele cult. Other similar approaches were provided by Mothering Day in England in the 13th century.
However, the fact is that the present form is more likely to be traced back to the women’s movement in the US and Britain, namely Methodist Anna Marie Jarvis.
This demanded a Mother’s Day of Peace already in the 1860s and in 1914 reached the enforcement of Mother’s Day by the US Congress.
An interesting detail is that the “inventor” wanted to quickly abolish this Mother’s Day due to its unmistakably commercial nature, which it did not succeed.
Mother’s Day Celebration in Germany
Mother’s Day actually came to Germany through the Association of German Flower Shop Owners. This is the US tradition in 1922 with a poster campaign and the slogan “Honor the mother”.
For the public holiday, however, Mother’s Day was first declared by the National Socialists, who also introduced maternal ordinations and the mother’s cross.
Mother’s Day was held in the Federal Republic of Germany but is regarded as an agreement for various business associations without state anchoring.