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Mother's Day

In the U.S., the idea of honoring mothers with a special day dates from the 19th century; one early effort was led by abolitionist Julia Ward Howe in 1872, but that observance and others faded. In 1908, Anna Jarvis, a West Virginia native who had moved to Philadelphia, led a campaign to celebrate Mother’s Day in May, marking the anniversary of her own mother’s death. Her idea caught on nationally and in 1914 a joint resolution of Congress and presidential proclamation established the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Today the holiday is a popular day for phone calls home, greeting cards, flowers and dining out.

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