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Later Anna along with her supporters wrote letters to people in positions of power lobbying for the official declaration of Mothers Day holiday. By 1911, Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

Today Mothers Day is celebrated in several countries including US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium.

The earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses.

The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.

Yugoslavs and people in other nations have observed similar days.

Thanks to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day came into existence.

Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess.

It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born.

She wrote a passionate appeal to women and urged them to rise against war in her famous Mothers Day Proclamation, written in Boston in 1870.

She also initiated a Mothers' Peace Day observance on the second Sunday in June in Boston and held the meeting for a number of years.

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