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The Beginning of Mom's Favorite Holiday, Mother's Day

Mother's Day, How Did it Begin?

The roots of Mother's Day can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who held celebrations for the mother goddesses. More recently, the festival called "Mothering Sunday" was celebrated in Europe as a religious holiday.

The modern version of Mother's Day began shortly after the Civil War and was used as a way to promote reunification of former Union and Confederate soldiers as they were brought together by their mothers during "Mother's Friendship Day." As the country healed Mother's Day became a way to honor mothers and the sacrifices they make for their children.

Mother's Day gained more traction when a woman named Anna Jarvis organized the celebration with the support of a Philadelphia department store owner in May 1908. Thousands of people attended the event and Jarvis resolved to have Mother's Day added to the national calendar. After years of persistence and grassroots organizing tactics like letter writing campaigns President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially making the second Sunday in May Mother's Day.

Now you can impress Mom with your in-depth knowledge of how Mother's Day began. She'll think you actually paid attention in class and did all your homework for once.

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