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The Meaning of Motherís Day

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Moms have been celebrated throughout time of course, and in recorded events in Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times. The origins of a specific Motherís Day go all the way back to the 16th century and the practice of visiting oneís ďmother churchĒ once a year. On that day, dark ages moms would be reunited with their children at church. In the United States, a mother and social activist, Julia Ward Howe worked to create a  Motherís Day for Peace day during the Civil War in an attempt to organize mothers against war. It wasnít until 1914 that President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Motherís Day to honor mothers whose sons had died in war. In some parts of the country, it is traditional to wait until Motherís Day to plant tomatoes.

Since then, Motherís Day has gone on to become the most popular day of the year to dine out in a restaurant and to make long distance phone calls and May is the biggest month for florists. Motherís Day is celebrated around the world, though the actual date changes depending on the country.

 

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