Mother’s Day began in the United States in 1908 as an anti-war movement. Anna Jarvis is most often credited with founding the day and took great pride in her role as the ‘Mother of Mother’s Day’.
Since Mother’s Day’s early years, many groups have used the occasion to raise funds for various charitable causes including mothers in need. But Jarvis hated that. She resented the idea that profiteers would use the day as just another way of making money. To her, the day should focus on children celebrating their mothers.
Jarvis never profited from the day, despite ample opportunities afforded by her status as its founder and as a minor celebrity. In fact, she went broke using what money she had battling the holiday’s commercialisation.
In poor health and with her emotional stability upended, she died penniless at age 84 after living the last four years of her life in the Marshall Square Sanitarium.
Remnants of Truth
The white carnation, the favourite flower of Anna Jarvis’ mother, was the original flower of Mother’s Day.
“The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying,” Jarvis explained in a 1927 interview.
The most popular flower choice today seems to be “mum’s favourite.”
Mother’s Day Brunch, Lunch or Dinner?
Buy a bouquet of your Mum’s favourite flowers and book a table at one of these amazing King Street Wharf venues for Mother’s Day.
The team at The Loft are breaking tradition and have created a fabulous Retro Brunch package for cocktail-loving Mums this May 12. They suggest leaving the kids at home so you and your friends can enjoy three shared courses with three cocktails or three glasses of bubbles.
Treat Mum this Mother’s Day to a looong lunch at Steersons Steakhouse. For lunch, choose from two-courses for $69 per person or three-courses for $79 per person. For dinner, dine from the newly improved a la carte menu, which now features hearty, Winter warmers.
All Hands Brewing House
All Hands Brewing House are inviting all Mums and Fur Mummies alike to celebrate the day in the AHBH beer garden with live acoustic music available from 2pm. Every Mum receives a complimentary Aperol Spritz on arrival. Oh so trendy! Mother’s Day food specials will feature on the menu too.
Meat District Co
From paddock to the plate is the food philosophy at Meat District Co. So, if you know a certain someone who loves a choice cut of rib eye steak, BBQ Ribs or a gourmet burger, this is the place to book for Mother’s Day. All Mums receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival.
Nick’s Bar & Grill
As the sunsets over the water’s edge, why not pop a bottle of champagne and indulge in Whole Baby Lobster this Mother’s Day? Nick’s Bar & Grill is a seafood institution with 30 years’ experience in Sydney. It’s one of the few places in the CBD area where you can order a fresh lobster for $54. Dine from their à la carte menu and feel extra special this year.