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HAPPY MOTHER’S AND MOTHERS’ DAY
(most of this is from the web)
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, the annual Egyptian festival in honor to goddess Isis; in South America mother goddess is represented by Pachamama a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, representing the cosmological prime origin; but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday”,
In the USA the origin of the date back to the 19th century. Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia started “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
In 1870 Julia Ward Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.
In the 1870s Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist inspired a local Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan.
The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis in West Virginia.
In 1908, the US Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day” (silly men). However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all US states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday