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MOTHERS DAY IN THE MOTHER CITY

Posted on Thursday, 07th May 2015

All around the world there is a day dedicated to the one woman we simply cannot do without - Mother! From January, right through until December 22, different countries acknowledge their life-givers and dote upon the special women in their lives. Apart from the economical boost it brings, it’s a wonderful time to reflect and be grateful.

In South Africa, Mothers Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May, and makes securing a restaurant booking fairly tricky!

The modern American holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world". Anna's mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.

Due to the campaign efforts of Anna Jarvis, several states officially recognized Mother's Day, the first in 1910 being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

It wasn’t long before other countries began following suit and adjusting their customs accordingly. Some older cultures have always celebrated mother’s through their rites and ceremonies and have, in recent decades, slowly adopted what most of us know today as Mother’s Day.

If you’re travelling to ‘mainstream’ destinations, you’ll most likely encounter Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, which comes from the American Tradition, but there are scores that keep to their traditional customs and you may find yourself experiencing a rich cultural celebration that you can add to your own!

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