Many of your favorite accessories and jewelry are created by indigenous communities from around the world. Fair trade aims to help preserve their traditions and techniques and provide opportunity for sustainability of culture and life. When you purchase fair trade items, you are contributing to the success of these families. Your hand crafted accessories will help our artisans gain self-respect and dignity while making a living wage to afford the essentials such as nutritious food, education, and healthcare.
Celebrating mothers and motherhood is one of the earliest practices in history. It can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
The celebration was once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe and was held on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It was originally a time when faithful followers would return to their “mother church” or the main church in the vicinity of their home, to attend a special “hometown” service.
Over time, the Mothering Sunday tradition changed into a more secular holiday where children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom had begun to fade in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anne Jarvis, the daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s death in 1905, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.
A Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker helped Anne and in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. Thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia making it a success. By 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the holiday official.
Today, we celebrate our mothers, honoring the mother of the family, motherhood, and their influences on society. Though criticized for over commercialization, Mother’s Day is a wonderful holiday to show mom how much you care by giving her trinkets of affection. Whether you choose flowers, cards, a special meal, or jewelry given out of love and thoughtfulness.