Happy Mother's Day!


Celebrated in more than 40 countries, Mother's Day celebrations are believed to have begun by the Greeks and Romans.Today, the celebration date varies around the globe. The intent is the same: honoring those who nurture and care.

Called Mothering Sunday in England, the tradition began in the 1600s but lost popularity in the 19th century. World War II and American service men caused it to re-surface. Now the celebration flourishes on both sides of the "pond." 

The origin of celebrating mothers in the U.S. appears to have begun because of Julia Ward Howe who wrote her Mother's Day Proclamation in Boston in 1870. 

But it was Anna Jarvis who is credited as the Founder of Mother's Day in the U.S. She and her followers inspired the celebration to occur in almost every state in the Union by 1911. 

It was President Woodrow Wilson who signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day in the United Sates on May 8, 1914.

Jarvis later turned against the holiday because it became too commercialized.


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