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This year Mother's Day is one hundred years old

Mother's Day is one hundred years old
Mother's Day is one hundred years old
Margaret Minnicks

The second Sunday in May every year has been designated as Mother's Day. Many people will celebrate Mother's Day this year without realizing that the celebration is 100 years old. The Sun reminded people on Friday that this year Mother's Day is extra special because it is the birthday of Mother's Day.

According to the National Women’s History Project, the origins of the celebration are credited mostly to three women: Anna Jarvis, her daughter, also named Anna Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe.

Anna Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker, organized “Mother’s Work Days” in 1848, to improve the sanitation and deaths from disease-bearing insects and seepage of polluted water. In 1872, Boston poet, pacifist and women’s suffragist Julia Ward Howe established a special day for mothers and for peace not long after the bloody Franco-Prussian War. Jarvis died in 1905, on the second Sunday in May, and her daughter, also named Anna, decided to memorialize her mother’s lifelong activism and began a campaign to set aside a special day for mothers.

President Woodrow Wilson and Congress proclaimed May 9, 1914, the day to celebrate and give a public "thank you" to all mothers. For one hundred years, women have been honored and celebrated on what is called "Mother's Day" ever since. Mothers around the world are given gifts consisting of flowers, chocolates, dinners, jewelry and more elaborate gifts such as vacations. Money is always a good choice so mothers can buy whatever they want.

It is noteworthy that Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. This includes mothers who have adopted, mother figures and those who have and have been in charge of children.

No matter which category a mother falls into, there is one thing we know for sure. All mothers love to be appreciated. Therefore, on this second Sunday, May 11, not only are mothers celebrating Mother's Day, but they are also celebrating the birthday of Mother's Day.

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