A celebration of all mothers

Today is the day during which we honor the ones who gave us life, our mothers. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May annually, and is a time for family gatherings.

As said in the Bible in Proverbs 31:28-29 “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband praises her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all.. She will be rewarded with the fruit of her own hands; and because of her works and deed she will be praised in public places.”

The celebration of motherhood dates back to the ancient Greeks, who honored their mothers during a spring festival.

Mothering Sunday, which began in England during the 17th century, was a precursor to the current Mother’s day celebration we hold today. The name evolved from the custom of baking a special cake, called a mothering cake, to take on visits to mother. Today in England, this traditional day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent.

This holiday in England featured the reunification of mothers and their children who were separated with working class families had to send off their young children to be employed as house servants.

In America, the person responsible for this day of honor for mothers is Julia Ward Howe, who also wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Howe saw Mother’s Day as a day dedicated to peace after having lived through the horrors of the United States’ Civil War in 1872.

More than 83 million mothers are living today in the United States, and two billion worldwide. As President Gerald Ford wrote many years ago, “there is no undertaking more challenging, no responsibility more awesome, than that of being a mother.”

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