A housewife blows air on fire wood as she cooks a meal outside bunkhouses for Typhoon Haiyan survivors, built by humanitarian agency ACF (Action Against Hunger) International, in Tacloban city in central Philippines November 9, 2014Reuters

Every year, 3 November is celebrated as Housewife's Day. The exact origin of the day is not known, but this day is set aside to recognise and celebrate the sacrifices of women who stay at home to manage all the chores of running a household successfully.

A housewife is someone who does not get weekly offs to relax and enjoy life. She also often does not get appreciated for being good at what she does. It is important to note that housewives undertake the task of running a household because they care, not because it is their duty.

So, if your spouse is a housewife, take this Housewife's Day to express gratitude for all the ways she has made your life easier.

Here are a few inspirational quotes that celebrate the sacrifice of housewives.

"I'm only a housewife, I'm afraid." How often do we hear this shocking admission. I'm afraid when I hear it I feel very angry indeed. Only a housewife: only a practitioner of one of the two most noble professions (the other one is that of a farmer); only the mistress of a huge battery of high and varied skills and custodian of civilization itself. Only a typist, perhaps! Only a company director, or a nuclear physicist; only a barrister; only the President! When a woman says she is a housewife she should say it with the utmost pride, for there is nothing higher on this planet to which she could aspire.
John Seymour

Women are leaders everywhere you look -- from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes. -- Nancy Pelosi

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class. -- Anne Morrow Lindberg

To be a housewife is a difficult, a wrenching, sometimes an ungrateful job if it is looked on only as a job. Regarded as a profession, it is the noblest as it is the most ancient of the catalogue. Let none persuade us differently or the world is lost indeed - Phyllis McGinley

There is, I suppose, no occupation in the world which has an influence on the efficiency and happiness of the members of nearly all other occupations so continuous and so permeating as that of the working housewife and mother - Eleanor F. Rathbone