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Celebrating Mothers

Celebrating Mothers

In the United States on the second Sunday of May mothers are celebrated. This year the holiday fell on May 12. It’s a well-known annual holiday, many other countries celebrate it on different days, but it is usually during March or May.

In my family it is celebrated for just my grandma, we all gather and celebrate her for being a mother to 11 adults, six men and five women. We usually buy her a nice dress and celebrate with a cookout and party.

It’s all about making memories, time is short, and people want to spend time with their family and in this case their mothers.

“We all go out as a family to get dinner wherever my mom wants and then we go out shopping and give her gifts at home, I wrote her a letter too. I bought cards for all my siblings to write on and we gave it to our mom,” Natali Ruelas said.

As our mothers age with us, it is important to honor them and appreciate everything they have done for us throughout the years.

“We celebrate my mom’s hard work and raising me, as well as my whole entire family. We basically make the day all about her and we celebrate her as a strong woman,” Leilani Ruvalcaba expressed when asked what she and her family does for Mother’s Day.

The holiday was founded in the United States by a woman named Anna Jarvis, she was born in West Virginia on May 1 and was an American activist. She was head of the Mother’s Day international association.

Later in her life, she believed companies and businesses were exploiting this holiday and campaigned for the legal cancelation of the holiday.

In other countries it has been celebrated since the early 1900s. It was called Mothering Sunday or Matronalia.

Every family has their own ways of celebrating and in some countries it is even a religious celebration.

In the ancient culture of Mesopotamia this day was a day to celebrate the goddess Ishtar, people would pay respects and honor their mothers.

In Egypt it was for the goddess Isis who was said to be the mother of Horus, it is celebrated as the Festival of Isis.

In some Christian cultures its recognized as the Festival of the Mother of God.

Most people hold this day close to their heart and always will, as it is a day where you get to honor and celebrate all the hard work a mother has done for their children.

“This year we helped make dinner and cleaned so my mom could have a break. I also bought her this perfume she really wanted, and my siblings bought her a hair product she asked for,” Armando Canales shared.

There’s a lot of family traditions and customs people have and do during this day, all as important as the next.

Mother’s Day is the day to celebrate your mother whether it means giving her a note, a gift or even just expressing your gratitude for her.

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Brittany Vargas is currently a senior at Tracy High school. She was born in Fremont, California and moved quite a lot during her time living in the Bay Area. She has four siblings. Vargas has two dogs, which are about eight years old. She's enjoyed reading and writing from a young age. Vargas likes to draw and watch movies in her free time. She's been at Tracy High School since her freshman year. This is her first year in journalism. One of her favorite memories is when she went to Universal Studios with her cousins. Vargas hopes to go to a four-year college soon. She's willing to go anywhere from California to New York. She hopes to study nursing and to graduate with a master's degree from a great university. Also, she has an interest in criminology, so she is a bit torn between the two careers, but is leaning towards nursing.

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