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Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a day of celebration that is designated once a year to give honor and recognition to mothers for their roles in giving birth, nurturing children, and helping to raise and support their families. It shines a much needed spotlight on the virtues of motherhood and gives husbands and fathers and son's and daughters the opportunity to express their love and gratitude for the women in their lives.

Mother's Day is just one day but it should be celebrated every day of the year because of the hard work that women put forth for their children, their husband, and their families. It calls attention to mothers, wives, grandmothers, aunts, and other women who don't get the recognition and accolades they deserve for their unselfish love and sacrifices that go unnoticed or under appreciated throughout the year.

Celebrations of motherhood can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman cultures and to early Christian societies. Durga-puja, honoring the goddess Durga, is still an important festival in India. In the Middle Ages, children who had moved away came home to visit their mothers on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. In Great Britain, this was called Mothering Sunday, which has recently been replaced with Mother's Day.

Specific dates are set aside for Mother's Day in most countries around the world. In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday in 1914. In other countries, Mother's Day is celebrated on different days in May or in other months. Australia, Canada, and India also celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.

Mother's Day has become highly commercialized in recent years. Today, it is a major shopping holiday in which billions of dollars are spent on gifts, food, and other Mother's Day traditions. Gifts range from the inexpensive fare such as cards, candy, flowers, or an evening at the movies to very extravagant items such as jewelry, fashionable clothing, cars, vacations, and expensive dinners.

A mother, in many ways, is the ones who molds you into the individual that you ultimately becomes. She is the one who takes responsibility for the way you live your life. She guides you through your growing years and remains your mother forever.

No matter how old you get, your mother can always be found in you. She is forever present in your life and she should be honored for her love and dedication to you. You should take a little time out on Mother's Day to thank her and show her that you haven't forgotten all the sacrifices that she has made for you. It will make her feel good to see that you care and it will make you feel good, too.


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