What is Mother's Day?

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Mother's Day is a day set aside for each family to honor its mother, and is observed in different ways all over the world. Historians believe that the ancient Greeks and Romans first celebrated a form of the holiday, which back then was a festival for their respective mother goddesses, but Mother's Day as we know it first started during the Civil War.

In 1858, a young wife named Ann Jarvis began a tradition she called "Mother's Work Days" as a way to force her Union and Confederate neighbors to work together, if only for one day. After Ann died in 1905 her daughter, Anna, continued the holiday in her own way in 1907, she passed out 500 white carnations at her church (one flower for every mother in the congregation!), and the idea of a holiday celebrating mothers spread throughout the United States.

In 1914, Congress decided that the second Sunday in May would officially be declared Mother's Day and, on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made a speech observing the first national Mother's Day, in honor of those mothers who had lost sons at war.




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    In the U.S., Mother's Day is a day for families to thank their mother for all of the hard work she does for them. She is encouraged to relax, and might be served breakfast in bed, given gifts (like flowers or a spa treatment), or taken out to a fancy dinner “”in 2008, 8% of the U.S.'s jewelry revenue came from Mother's Day alone!

    But you don't need to buy a fancy gift to let your mother know how much you love her “” perhaps you could write a letter or draw a picture of something special she has done for you, and let her know how much you appreciate that!

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    Mother's Day Around the World
    While many countries around the world celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May, others have their own traditions! Norway, Israel, and Greece all celebrate in February, while much of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Iraq, celebrates on the vernal Equinox in March. In China, it is a day to help poor mothers, especially those in rural areas, and the tradition of "Mothering Day" in Ireland and the United Kingdom first came about in the 16th century as the one day a year servants were released from their duties to spend time with their families.

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