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Monday, April 20, 2020

Where Would We Be Without Mom? Celebrate Mother's Day

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There is one relationship that is recognized and celebrated all over the world and it is undeniably the most revered among all others and that is the bond between mother and her family.


Nowhere is one person most honored for her love, devotion, and commitment than it is no wonder that a special day has been set aside just for her, especially in this male-dominated world.


The celebration of Mother has taken place since the early Greeks and Romans who held festivals for the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Then the Christian festival in our day of the United Kingdom and Europe became "Mothering Sunday" and fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent when the faithful returned to the mother Church.


The origins of Mother's Day started in the United States before the Civil War in the 19th century, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia started Mother's Day Women's Clubs to show women how to care for their babies and young children.


In 1870an abolitionist and suffragette, Julia Ward Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace.


In May 1908 Ann Reeves Jarvis organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in West Virginia in paying tribute to her own mother. She started a massive letter-writing campaign all over the United States to make mother's day a national holiday. She got her wish when Woodrow Wilson declared in 1914 Mother's Day a national holiday.


But it was not long after that florists and card companies began to commercialize it that Ms. Jarvis spoke out against it with charities, women's groups and lobbied with the government to have it removed from the calendar.


Down through the years, Mother's Day has been a time for women rights activists to use to launch their own causes for and against women such as Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King who used Mother's Day to support a march in 1970 for underprivileged women and children.

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