Today’s show is all about Mother’s Day and appreciating our moms! Our Nerd Extraordinaire, Keerthi, hosts the program and provides a history lesson on the origins of Mother’s Day. We find out that the woman who created Mother’s Day in the early 1900s, Anna Jarvis, realized that American official holidays were widely centered around male achievements. She wrote to politicians and newspapers campaigning for a holiday honoring motherhood. She envisioned Mother’s Day as a personal celebration to honor the sacrifices that moms make for their children, not a commercialized day. She attacked First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for using Mother’s Day as an occasion to raise money for charity. Milan joins the conversation with information on two famous moms from history. In segment three, Kirpa shares ways Mother’s Day is celebrated and the challenges that animal mothers face. Just like us humans, animal mothers have the natural maternal instinct to protect their younger ones. Scientists have shown that this is a natural tendency, so it’s not
just a fact. Maternal instincts are present in many animals, and in some cases,
these instincts are even stronger than those of humans. Celebrating Motherhood around the world:
countries celebrate Mother’s Day
countries celebrate in May, 13 in March, and 13 in another month
200 million people have a day off*
(“Mother’s Day”) wins over plural (“Mothers’ Day”) by 78 countries to 22
Happy Mother’s Day to every Mom! You deserve a break today!
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