Thanks, Mom

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - Tyler Roodt

MOTH­ERS are an im­por­tant part of the fam­ily. They cook, they clean, they tuck you in at night, and they care for you more than any­one else does. This fact was what pushed a cer­tain woman to cre­ate Mother’s Day.

Through­out his­tory, there have been cel­e­bra­tions sim­i­lar to Mother’s Day, as we know it to­day, such as the Ro­man Hi­laria fes­ti­val, held to hon­our the mother god­dess Cy­bele.

But the first “mod­ern” cel­e­bra­tion of Mother’s Day took place in 1908, when an Amer­i­can woman named Anna Jarvis held a memo­rial ser­vice for her mother at a church in her home town in West Vir­ginia.

Jarvis first be­gan the cam­paign to make Mother’s Day a na­tional hol­i­day in 1905, when her mother passed away.

Jarvis’s mother was a peace ac­tivist who had cared for wounded sol­diers on both sides of the Amer­i­can Civil War.

Af­ter her mother’s death, Jarvis wanted to carry on her work, as well as set aside a day in hon­our of all moth­ers, as she be­lieved a mother is “the per­son who has done more for you than any­one else in the world”.

In 1908, her first pe­ti­tion for Mother’s

Day to be­come of­fi­cial was re­jected by the US gov­ern­ment, but Jarvis was far from done.

She cam­paigned across the coun­try for years, and by 1911 all states in the US had be­gun ob­serv­ing Mother’s Day.

Even­tu­ally, the US gov­ern­ment gave in and then pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son signed the bill that made Mother’s Day an of­fi­cial hol­i­day in 1914, to be cel­e­brated on the sec­ond Sun­day of May ev­ery year.

While most coun­tries – in­clud­ing South Africa – cel­e­brate Mother’s Day on the same day, there are many coun­tries who cel­e­brate it on dif­fer­ent days, and in some it even ties with other hol­i­days.

But no mat­ter when or where it’s cel­e­brated, they all have one thing ty­ing them to­gether...

Moth­ers are awe­some.

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