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Mother’s Day: A day of thankfulness

Mother’s Day is a holiday that honours the mother of a family or an individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

Mother's Day: A day of thankfulness
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Mother’s day is a day we give back to our mothers for all the hard work and love they put in for us. This day is in the honor of motherhood and a mother’s influence on society. There are different dates on which Mother’s day is celebrated around the world. In India, this occasion is observed on the second Sunday of May.

The origin of Mother’s Day 

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At the time of American warfare, Ann Jarvis was a peace activist who used to help wounded soldiers. It was the year 1905 when she lost her mother and it struck her how important a mother’s role is in one’s life. Thus, she started gathering support from people for the celebration of Mother’s Day in the United States.

Finally, in the year of 1908, Jarvis organized a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, where the present International mother’s day shrine is held. 

Moving ahead, in 1911, West Virginia where Jarvis resided became the first state to openly celebrate this day. Following this, most of the people in the United States made this day official by honoring it on the second Sunday of May. This same day is celebrated by people belonging to other countries like India, Italy, Singapore, Bangladesh, and Belgium. 

Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?

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This is a remarkable day to understand and value what motherhood is, and how the journey of mothers has been in our life. It is a day to remember how much mothers do not only for their children but for society as a whole. And thus, this day should be relished for them by showering love, pamper, and gratitude for all that she has done for us.  

Here are some Mother’s Day quotes to share!

“I believe in the strength and intelligence and sensitivity of women. My mother, my sisters [they] are strong. My mum is a strong woman and I love her for it.” —Tom Hiddleston

“Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe

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“Women have always been the strong ones of the world.” — Coco Chanel 

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” — Milton Berle

“Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” —Susan Gale

“It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?” —Mahatma Gandhi

“There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.” —Elder M. Russell Ballard

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“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes

“We are born of love; love is our mother.” —Rumi

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” —Honore de Balzac

“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs since the payment is pure love.” —Mildred B. Vermont

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“There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.” —Archibald Thompson

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” —Rudyard Kipling

“Acceptance, tolerance, bravery, compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.” —Lady Gaga

“I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.” —Lance Conrad

“A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” —Emily Dickinson

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“Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark … to have been loved so deeply .. will give us some protection forever.” —J.K. Rowling

“Mothers possess a power beyond that of a king on his throne.” —Mabel Hale

“The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” —Elaine Heffner

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” —Victor Hugo

“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln

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“The world needs our mothers.” —Liya Kebede

“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.” —Gilda Radner

“My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was.” —Lisa Leslie

“Mother is the heartbeat in the home; and without her, there seems to be no heartthrob.” —Leroy Brownlow

It takes a lifetime to truly appreciate all the ways a good mom makes all the difference. —Ellen Brenneman

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Moms just know… How to help. How to heal. How to listen. How to love. —Bill Gray

“Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.” —Kahil Gibran

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” —Princess Diana

For every dream that has taken flight, there’s a mother who believed. —Jennifer Fujita

A mother teaches us that there is no end at all to what love can do. —Keely Chace

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Nandini Kulkarni is an Entertainment News Analyst and content writer at Empire Weekly. She is currently a university student pursuing a BBA in International Business.

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