How are you celebrating Mother’s Day on the Suncoast? ABC7 wants your photos!

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day on the Suncoast? ABC7 wants your photos!
The cookie decorators at Luna's Bakery & Cafe will spend hours decorating cookies for Mother's Day. (Source: Michael Dakota)

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Today is a day for remembering and honoring the mother figure in your life.

The definition of a mother is a woman in relation to her child or children. A mother is not always someone who is biologically related, but a woman who shows “motherly characteristics.”

ABC7′s Digital Team would love to share your pictures or videos on how you are celebrating Mother’s Day on the Suncoast. Are you remembering your mother today or taking your mother to the beach? We want to know how you’re celebrating!

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Losing a loved one is never easy, and while the pain might be easier to manage with time, it’s something people learn to deal with, but never forget.

Here are some simple ways to remember and honor your mother on Sunday.

Mother’s Day is Sunday; Here’s why we celebrate

One of the biggest thanks should go to Julia Ward Howe. She died in 1910, but aside from writing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” she was the matriarch of the Mother’s Day movement in the 1800s.

Appalled by the devastation left behind by the Civil War, Howe first suggested the United States observe a mother’s day in 1872. She organized an annual meeting in Boston just for moms, CNN reported.

Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis followed Howe’s campaign. She passed away on May 9, 1905, leaving a void in her by her daughter’s life.

Anna Jarvis missed her mom so much, she began a letter-writing campaign to declare an official Mother’s Day. Officially, it was first observed on May 10, 1908.

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