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  • Mothers Day was originally designated as a day to inspire people to work for peace.
     
  • Social activist Julia Ward Howe first brought the idea of a day centering on mothers to the United States after the Civil War, but Howes version was much different from the flowers-and-hugs version we know today. Howe wrote the Mothers Day Proclamation and envisioned a Mothers Day for Peace, in which women would protest against war. Some groups still observe the holiday in this manner, one of the most famous being a huge crowd of women who gathered outside the Lawrence Livermore Library at the University of California in 1982 to protest nuclear weapons.
     
  • In 1873, women in 18 American cities held Mothers Day for Peace gatherings.
     
  • The Mothers Day we celebrate today was started by Anna Jarvis in the early 1900s. Jarvis got Congress to recognize the holiday, founded the Mothers Day International Association and even trademarked the phrase Mothers Day. Jarvis was inspired by her own mother, who had called for Mothers Work Days to improve conditions for soldiers on both sides during the Civil War.
     
  • Florists might hawk huge Mothers Day bouquets with exotic blooms and designer names, but the traditional gift is a single, simple carnation.
     
  • In actual fact, the feast and celebration of 'Mother's Day' goes back to very ancient times. The ancient greeks held celebrations to Rhea Mother of the gods and in ancient Rome the 3 day celebration in March for the goddess Cybele was so notorious that it was banned.
     
  • About 80 percent of Mothers Day cards are purchased by women.
     
  • 122.5 million phone calls are made on mothers day estimates an AT&T survey.
     
  • In the vast majority of languages the word mother begins with the letter M.
     
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