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Gratitude For Those Who Raised Us

Kristina Kraychy

There is some debate among historians about the true origin of Mother’s day. Celebrations and worship of Holy Mothers and Goddesses can be found in religious traditions throughout history. They hold places of importance in Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, paganism and the cultures of ancient Greece and Egypt.

However, the secular celebration in North America as we know it is, most likely, the result of the efforts of the American, Anna Jarvis. Anna’s mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the battlefield during the American Civil War despite threats of violence if she did not pick a side. After the war, Anna’s mother organized a Mother's Club and Mother's Friendship Day where mothers and children from both sides of the war came together to support one another in an effort to promote peace and reconciliation.

The year her mother died, Anna started a campaign for an official holiday in honor and support of mothers. In 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making Mother’s Day an official national holiday that would take place the second Sunday of May each year.

With so many challenges swirling all around us right now, we may want to return to the roots of this holiday as Anna Jarvis and her mother had imagined it and find ways to support one another in an effort to promote empathy and peace.

So whether you were raised and loved by the mother beside you or a step-mother, a grandparent or foster-parent, two nurturing fathers, or a beautiful mother who has passed on like my own, we can perhaps use this day as a reminder to take a moment to truly honour and thank those who helped each of us become the Changemakers we are today.

Read more about Anna Jarvis, her mother and the history of Mother's Day at: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day



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