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The History of Mother's Day

Posted by Sharon on May 3, 2019
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Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood all across the world. This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12th. According to, celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans.

In America, President Woodrow Wilson first signed a proclamation on May 9th, 1914 which declared the second Sunday of May as a “a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” However, Mother’s Day can date all the way back to May 10th, 1908, when copywriter Anna Jarvis created the movement that led to the proclamation.

After Anna Jarvis’ mother passed in 1905, Jarvis vowed to fulfill her mother’s dream of having a holiday to commemorate mothers for the, “matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life." Mother’s Day now serves as a holiday to honor and appreciate our mothers who inspire, motivate, and remind us to be a better person every single day!


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