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Mother’s Day

The history of Mother’s Day dates back to the 19th Century. Even then the importance of Mother’s, and their role within the family was recognised. Some of the people who played a vital role in founding the Mother’s Day that we celebrate today include:

  • Julia Ward Howe who tried to establish a Mother's Day in America in 1872, she began promoting the idea of a "Mother's Day for Peace" to be celebrated on June 2, honoring peace, motherhood and womanhood. In 1873, women in 18 cities in America held a Mother's Day for Peace gathering. Boston celebrated the Mother's Day for Peace for at least 10 years afterward.
  • Anna Jarvis from Philadelphia in 1890 she significantly contributed to the establishment of Mother’s Day after swearing at her mother's gravesite in 1905 to dedicate her life to her establish a Mother's Day to honor mothers, both living and dead. In 1907 she handed out 500 white carnations at her mother's church in West Virginia --one for each mother in the congregation. On May 10, 1908: the first church - St. Andrew's in Grafton, West Virginia - responded to her request for a Sunday service honoring mothers. By the end of Anna Jarvis' life, Mother's Day was celebrated in more than 40 countries.
  • John Wanamaker, a Philadelphia merchant, joined the campaign for Mother's Day In 1908.
  • In 1914: the U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution, and President Woodrow Wilson signed it, establishing Mother's Day, emphasizing women's role in the family.
Happy Mothers Day
Today Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world in many different countries with many different customs all to show appreciation for Mothers.
  • In Australia, the United States, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey and Belgium Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
  • In Spain, Mother's Day is December 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, so that not only mothers in one's family are honored, but also Mary, mother of Jesus.
  • In France, Mother's Day is on the last Sunday of May. A special cake resembling a bouquet of flowers is presented to mothers at a family dinner.

Fathers, this is your big chance to honour your mother this Mothers Day and also honour your wife as mother to your children. Remember the greatest thing a man can do for his children is to love their mother. Don’t let this Mothers Day go by without some extra attention for the two most important women in your life, your mother and the mother of your children.




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