translated from Spanish: Why it is celebrated on May 10th

As every year, May 10 in Mexico celebrates women who are moms, but do you know where this tradition came from when it is celebrated and who implemented it? Mother’s Day dates back to the beginning of the TWENTIETH century, when Rafael Alducin, a journalist from Puebla, decided to emulate similar celebrations in the United States in our country. On April 13, 1922, the journalist launched a call on one of the pages of his diary to Institutionalize mother’s Day and celebrate it for the first time on May 10th. This initiative was added by the then Secretary of Public education, José Vasconcelos. Thus little by little, the Mexicans were appropriating of this date to celebrate the mothers.

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However, a recent study carried out by Marta Acevedo, a researcher specializing in social sciences and gender studies, revealed that the creation of Mother’s Day by Alducin and her relatives could have been rather a reaction to a movement Feminist who had been in the Yucatan for years.

In 1916, six years before the founder of the Excelsior newspaper came out with his initiative of «honoring the mother», groups of men and women interested in issues such as family planning, began to offer workshops on venereal diseases, legal issues and Prophylaxis as well as sexual orientation to anyone who requested it. What inspired Mother’s Day?
On May 10, 1908, three years after the death of his own mother, social activist Anna Jarvis, organized a small event to commemorate her, her struggle, and also the rest of the mothers of the Methodist Episcopal Church of the Grafton region in Virginia Occid Dental.

His struggle, that of Anna’s mother, was against the abuse of the owners of the factories in the cities to which women, especially working mothers, were subjected. By the mid-NINETEENTH century, Reeves Jarvis, Anna Jarvis’s mother, promoted the social Security of women working in factories and the textile industry, which in those years experienced accelerated expansion. Instead of creating a day just to celebrate the mothers, Jarvis sought the recognition of working mothers, who spent more than 12 hours in the factories in exchange for miserable wages, which did not enjoy any kind of social guarantees and did not have the possibilities To seek out their children for fear of losing their jobs. The premise of Anna Jarvis, the daughter, to celebrate that day was to celebrate «the person who has done more for you than anyone in this world.»



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