History of Mother’s Day

Kimberly Falcon, Staff Writer

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Mother’s Day, is the day that we celebrate our mothers. The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew’s Methodist Church now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

They are the ones who take care of us when we are sick. You need to think of all the work that mothers do in raising their children. Mothers need to be celebrated! President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed May 9, 1914, the first Mother’s Day. He asked Americans on that day to give a public “thank you” to their mothers and all mothers.

Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May. It’s not a federal holiday, however it’s widely celebrated as a special day to honor all mothers and motherhood. Together, let’s honor the women who raised us and all the mothers who sacrificed for their children.

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

The Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in May, though also celebrated in March in some countries, as a day to honour mothers and motherhood. Mother’s Day is celebrated in over 40 countries and obviously worldwide.

Although mothers are respected and appreciated all year round, the “official” Mother’s Day (known as “La Festa della Mamma” for Italians) is celebrated in Italy at the same time as in the USA: on the second Sunday in May. It’s not a public holiday, but it’s certainly a time when families try hard to come together to celebrate.

Mother’s Day in Mexico is not on the second Sunday of May but instead it is on the 10th of May. In Mexico, Mother’s Day is always celebrated on May 10 as opposed to the Mother’s Day in the US that falls on the second Sunday in the month of May. Mother’s Day in Mexico is celebrated in a colorful fashion. Children honor their mothers and thank them for their efforts in bringing them up.

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