Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Why do we celebrate #MothersDay?

mother_s_day_3You can learn how Mother’s Day came about and which president proclaimed it a “National Day of Honor”. Visit Hot Topic – Holidays, Celebrations and More – May to learn the history of Mother’s Day and tons of fun crafts to make.


Women’s Health Week

Mother’s Day is a celebration of moms, but the following week, May 13-19, honors all women with a focus on their health. National Women’s Health Week is sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health.

In particular, May 14 is National Women’s Checkup Day, to inspire women to have a regular health check-up. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (and doctors agree), regular checkups for all women are the keys to preventing many chronic conditions including diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

One of the web site’s handy features is a screening chart that shows which health screenings are recommended for women in different age groups: 18-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-64 years, and age 65 years and older.

But the government’s commitment to support women’s health doesn’t end at the end of the week.

The 2012 Woman Challenge is an ongoing program designed to help women monitor their health all year. The program began during Women’s Health Week 2001, and allows women to sign up and set goals for good nutrition and physical activity. They can track their progress and get support from other women.

To create an account, visit The President’s Challenge site. This part isn’t just for women. Anyone age 13 years and older can create an account and track their eating and exercise to improve their health and meet diet and activity goals.

Additional information about National Women’s Health Week can be found in the current features section of the web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC National Women’s Health Week page links to general facts and information about women’s health in the United States, including a FastStats page, with women’s health facts such as these: Approximately one-third of women in the U.S. age 20 years and older have hypertension, and 17% of women aged 18 years and older are smokers.

Get the word out to help women stay healthy!

Provided by heidisp, The Pulse, and Health and Wellness Resource Center.

Mother’s Day

U.S. a nationwide observance of Mother’s Day was suggested by Anna Jarvis of Grafton, W.Va., and in 1908 formal observances were held in churches in Grafton and Philadelphia. By 1911 every state celebrated the occasion on the second Sunday in May. It was formalized by Congress in 1914. In Britain, Mother’s Day is celebrated in mid-Lent as Mothering Sunday. During the Middle Ages a custom developed of allowing those who had moved away to visit their home parishes and their mothers on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. Many other countries also celebrate the holiday on this date, while some mark the observance at other times of the year.

Read more in: Credo Reference Online or U.S. History Online

Monthly Events, Holidays & Rememberances

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: ¡Qué una tradición ...

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  • The History of Cinco de Mayo
    “The holiday of Cinco De Mayo, The 5th of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French Army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. Cities with a significant Mexican population.” (MEXONLINE.COM) Read the history of Cinco de Mayo.
  • Honor Your Mother
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    In May we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation making Mother’s Day the second Sunday in May.” (LOC) Read about the history of Mother’s Day and learn about other Mother’s Day material at the Library of Congress.
  • Memorial Day
    Source: Embassy of the United States of America
    Memorial Day was originally celebrated to honor the soldiers killed in the American Civil War, but today it honors the soldiers killed in all American wars. Read about the history and traditions of this holiday on this page.

May Day and Other May Holidays

  • Bringing in the May
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “Jennifer Cutting, Folklife Specialist at the Library of Congress, describes and displays some of the folk traditions surrounding May Day (May 1) and the spring season in Britain and the United States.” (LOC) View a Webcast and read the transcript to learn about the May pole and Morris dancing traditions.

  • Cinco de Mayo
    Source: UCLA
    “On May 5, Los Angeles is alive with color, laughter and dancing. More than 500,000 Mexicans and Americans of Mexican origin are celebrating Cinco de Mayo or the ‘Fifth of May.’ It is an occasion which Mexicans and Americans share to emphasize the friendship between their two countries.” (EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA) Read about the origins and celebration of this holiday.

  • Honor Your Mother
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “In May we honor our mothers on Mother’s Day. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation making Mother’s Day the second Sunday in May.” (LOC) Read about the history of Mother’s Day and learn about other Mother’s Day material at the Library of Congress.

  • We Wreathe the Red, White and Blue
    Source: Library of Congress (LOC)
    “On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who have given their lives in the name of freedom.” (LOC) Read about the history of Memorial Day and learn about other Memorial Day material at the the Library of Congress.