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Mother's Day, Sunday May 8th

posted May 6, 2016, 7:42 AM by School Publications   [ updated May 6, 2016, 12:00 PM ]

            This Sunday is one of the most important days of the year.  It is the time we celebrate the special woman that gave us life.  Sunday is Mother’s Day and people should take time to thank their moms, because without them we wouldn’t exist.  Mother’s Day has been celebrated since 1908 and in 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating that Mother’s Day will be held on the second Sunday in May every year.  

Mother’s Day is celebrated in forty six different countries around the world.  Most people celebrate Mother’s Day by giving their mothers gifts like cards.  The forty-six different countries don’t celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day though.  Other countries selected a date with historical significance to their religion.  Other countries like the United Kingdom celebrate it on March 26.  

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival  “Mothering Sunday.” The holiday coincides with the religious tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe when the holiday fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”.

Whether you go to church to celebrate or take your mom out for dinner it is important to make mom feel special.  Follow the traditions of people centuries ago and remember mom.  The great thing about moms is they don’t care what you give them just as long as you spend time with them. So just say thanks mom.

By Brock Oberlink