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Mother's Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Originally conceived by Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War as a day honoring (in her opinion) the inherent pacifism of mothers, Mother's Day now simply celebrates motherhood and thanking mothers. Mothers often receive gifts on this day.

Mother's Days are celebrated on various days of the year in different countries because they have a number of different origins. One school of thought claims this day emerged from a custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship — which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus — was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor.

In most countries, Mother's Day is a new concept copied from western civilization. In many African countries, Mother's Day has its origins in copying the British concept. In most of East Asia, Mother's Day is a heavily marketed and commercialised concept copied straight from Mother's Day in the USA.

 

Second Sunday in May

Julia Ward Howe wrote the original Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870, as a call for peace and disarmament. An excerpt follows:

From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
 

Howe failed in her attempt to get formal recognition of a Mother's Day for Peace. Her idea was influenced by Anna Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker who, starting in 1858, had attempted to improve sanitation through what she called Mothers' Work Days. She organized women throughout the Civil War to work for better sanitary conditions for both sides, and in 1868 she began work to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbors.

Jarvis' daughter, also named Anna Jarvis, would, of course, have known of her mother's work, and the work of Howe. Much later, when her mother died, this second Anna Jarvis started her own crusade to found a memorial day for women. The first such Mother's Day was celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia, on May 10, 1908, in the church where the elder Anna Jarvis had taught Sunday School. Grafton is the home to the International Mother's Day Shrine. From there, the custom caught on — spreading eventually to 45 states. The holiday was declared officially by somes states beginning in 1912. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother's Day.

Mother's Day is a busy time of year for mail in many countries. In 1973, the U.S. Postal Service was held up for eight days because of the number of letters and cards.

 

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent (typically March or early April); it is commonly called "Mother's Day" but has no direct connection to the American practice. It is believed to have originated from the Christian practice of visiting ones mother church annually, this meant that most familes would be reunited on this day. Most historians believe that young apprentices and young women in servitude were released by their masters that weekend in order to visit their families[1].

 

Date

second Sunday in February Norway
Shevat 30 (usually in February) Israel
March 3 Georgia
March 8 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia, Slovakia, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania
fourth Sunday in Lent (Mothering Sunday) (March 26 2006) Ireland, United Kingdom
March 21 (first day of spring) Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
first Sunday in May Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, South Africa, Spain
May 8 South Korea, Albania (Parents' Day)
May 10 much of South America, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
second Sunday in May Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Slovakia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United States
Further information: Mother's Day (United States)
May 26 Poland
May 27 Bolivia
last Sunday in May France, Sweden,Dominican Republic, Haiti
August 12 Thailand (the birthday of Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara)
August 15 (Assumption Day) Antwerp (Belgium), Costa Rica
second or third Sunday in October Argentina (Día de la Madre)
last Sunday in November Russia
December 8 Panama
December 22 Indonesia

Mothers Day Information by Mothers Day Celebration Website

World over people take opportunity of Mother's Day celebration to express love and gratitude for their loving Mom. Best way to wish Mom a Happy Mothers Day is to spend time with her and indulge her with love and affection. Show mom how much you care, by presenting a thoughtful Mother's Day gift clubbed with cards and fresh flowers.

Mother's Day History

Origin of Mother's Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. Mother's Day HistoryBut the roots of Mother's Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Thanks to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day came into existence. Today the festival of Mothers day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well wisher.

Earliest History of Mothers Day
The earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.

Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.

Early Christians celebrated a Mother's Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. In England the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday.

History of Mother's Day: Mothering Sunday
The more recent history of Mothers Day dates back to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers. After a prayer service in church to honor Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.

On the occasion, servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and honor them. Traditionally children brought with them gifts and a special fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel. Yugoslavs and people in other nations have observed similar days.

Custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales.

History of Mother's Day: Julia Ward Howe
The idea of official celebration of Mothers day in US was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872. An activist, writer and poet Julia shot to fame with her famous Civil War song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2 be annually celebrated as Mothers Day and should be dedicated to peace. She wrote a passionate appeal to women and urged them to rise against war in her famous Mothers Day Proclamation, written in Boston in 1870. She also initiated a Mothers' Peace Day observance on the second Sunday in June in Boston and held the meeting for a number of years. Julia tirelessly championed the cause of official celebration of Mothers Day and declaration of official holiday on the day. Her idea spread but was later replaced by the Mothers' Day holiday now celebrated in May.

History of Mother's Day: Anna Jarvis
Mothers Day OriginAnna Jarvis is recognised as the Founder of Mothers Day in US. Though Anna Jarvis never married and never had kids, she is also known as the Mother of Mothers Day, an apt title for the lady who worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers.

Anna Jarvis got the inspiration of celebrating Mothers Day from her own mother Mrs Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis in her childhood. An activist and social worker, Mrs Jarvis used to express her desire that someday someone must honor all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them.

A loving daughter, Anna never forgot her mothers word and when her mother died in 1905, she resolved to fulfill her mothers desire of having a mothers day. Growing negligent attitude of adult Americans towards their mothers and a desire to honor her mothers soared her ambitions.

To begin with Anna, send Carnations in the church service in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother. Carnations were her mothers favorite flower and Anna felt that they symbolised a mothers pure love. Later Anna along with her supporters wrote letters to people in positions of power lobbying for the official declaration of Mothers Day holiday. The hard work paid off. By 1911, Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

History of Mother's Day: Present Day Celebrations
Today Mothers Day is celebrated in several countries including US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium. People take the day as an opportunity to pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support. The day has become hugely popular and in several countries phone lines witness maximum traffic. There is also a tradition of gifting flowers, cards and others gift to mothers on the Mothers Day. The festival has become commercialised to a great extent. Florists, card manufacturers and gift sellers see huge business potential in the day and make good money through a rigorous advertising campaign.

It is unfortunate to note that Ms Anna Jarvis, who devoted her life for the declaration of Mothers Day holiday was deeply hurt to note the huge commercialisation of the day.
 

Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day GiftsMothers Day is a perfect occasion to pamper your mother with loads of Mother's Day Gifts and express your love for her. Mothers keep giving gifts to children at all times so it would be a wonderful idea to say thanks to Mothers for all she does for us with a small little Mother's Day gift. Your selection of Mothers Day gifts should not be a mere formality, it must clearly reflect your inner feelings for her. A little thought must be spent on what you buy as gift for mother. While selecting a gift pay special attention to your mothers likes and dislikes and also to your budget. Below are links to popular Mothers Day gifts and Mother Day gift ideas. Take tips from these sites and follow your heart, you will be presenting the most delightful gifts on Mother's Day!!


Mother's Day Gift Ideas
It is always a tough task to decide on the perfect gift for your perfect mom on a Mothers Day. To offer solution to your problem here are some unique and special Mothers Day Gifts ideas to suit varied tastes and preferences of your mother. Remember your Mother is always going to appreciate your feelings behind the gift you buy. So even if you are a bit incorrect in your choice, she will always treasure a gift from some one whom she loves the most. However, a little thought while purchasing gift might make her day more delightful. You may also order online Mother's Day gift on various shopping sites. This way you may go through a range of gift items and decide on the most suitable and special Mother's Day present for your loving mom.

Mother's Day Flowers
Mothers Day is a perfect time to thank your Mother and what better way to express your feelings than to say it with flowers. Delight your mother on her special day with Mothers Day Flower Bouquet and show her how much you love her.

Mothers Day Gift Baskets
When you wish to pamper your mothers with loads of gifts on the special occasion of Mothers Day, gift baskets make an excellent gift idea.

Mother's Day Jewelry
Jewelry is the most popular and appreciated Mother Day gift. If after a tough brainstorming session and a hard look at your cash reserves, you have finally decided to buy Jewelry for Mother's Day

Mother's Day Perfumes
Most ladies don't make a move out of the house without wearing that favorite perfume of theirs. If your mother is just one of those it would be a wonderful idea to gift her a perfume for Mothers Day.

 

Mother's Day Gift Flowers

Mothers Day is a perfect time to thank your Mother and what better way to express your feelings than to say it with flowers.Mother's Day Gift Flowers Delight your mother on her special day with Mothers Day Flower Bouquet and show her how much you love her.

As flowers are one of the most popular Mother Day gift, florists come up with a huge range of Mothers Day Flower and Bouquet. Buy the beautiful flowers for mothers day. This would not just reflect your love for your mother but it would also show that you care for her likes and dislikes.

In case your mother does not have any particular favorite flower you can of course use your own judgment and select the most beautiful Mother Day Bouquet for your mother. For your convenience here is a list of the Most Popular Mothers Day Flower Arrangements:
  1. Mixed bouquets
  2. Carnations
  3. Daffodils
  4. Roses
  5. Tulips
  6. Freesia
  7. Pot chrysanthemums
  8. Iris
  9. Lily
  10. Foliage plants
There is always the option of shopping Mothers Day Flowers online. You can surf various Gift sites and also the sites of various florist to make the most attractive and economical deal of Mother's Day Flowers. Shopping Online for Mothers Day flowers is also a nice idea for those who cannot visit their mothers as many online shopping sites provide facility of Mothers Day flowers delivery.

Mother's Day Gift Baskets

When you wish to pamper your mothers with loads of gifts on the special occasion of Mothers Day,Mother's Day Gift Baskets gift baskets make an excellent gift idea. And today you do not need to go shopping for all the goodies one by one as there are several attractive Gift Baskets for mother available in any gift store around you. Most of these Mothers Day Gift Hampers and Mothers Day Gift Baskets are specifically designed and beautifully packaged to suit the occasion.

Tips on Buying Mother's Day Gift Hampers
When you go shopping for Mother's Day Gift Hamper do not get lured just by the fancy packaging of baskets. It is important to keep in mind the taste and choice of your mother. Think on what kind of gift hamper your mother is going to appreciate more. It would not be a nice idea to gift her a chocolate Mother Day Gift Hamper when she is not very much fond of chocolates. Remember the gift is meant for your mother not you.

Shopping Online for Mothers Day Gift Hampers
Online shopping is a better idea of buying a gift hamper for Mothers Day. There are several delightful offers on various shopping sites on the net. So you can surf several sites and decide the best one for your mom. To give you some idea for gift baskets on Mother's Day there are :
  • Mothers Day Gift Basket of Flowers
  • Mothers Day Gift Basket of Perfumes
  • Mothers Day Gift Basket of Chocolates
  • Mothers Day Gift Basket of Cookies
  • Mothers Day Gift Basket for New Mothers
  • Mothers Day Gift Basket of Gourmet Food
Besides there are lot of mixed or all-in-one kind of Mothers Day Gift Hampers containing apparels, flowers, chocolate or perfume. You may select the most appropriate for your mom on the basis of her choice and of course your budget.
 

Mother's Day Flowers: Carnations

Fragrant and beautiful, Carnation flowers have become symbolic of mother's love and also Mothers Day.Mother's Day Flowers Tradition of flowers on Mother's day was initiated by Miss Anna Jarvis. Miss Jarvis was also instrumental in the official celebration of Mother's Day and the declaration of national holiday in US to mark the day.

Beginning of the Tradition
The tradition of gifting carnations on Mothers day began on the first official Mother's Day service on May 10, 1908. Miss Anna Jarvis sent 500 white carnations to the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, in Grafton, West Virginia. The flowers were meant to be distributed amongst the mothers. Others present in the mass were also asked to wear flowers. White carnations were a favourite of Miss Anna Jarvis's mother, Mrs. Ann M. Jarvis. Miss Anna Jarvis explained the reason for her selection of flower,

"The white carnation is preferred because it may be thought to typify some of the virtues of motherhood; ... whiteness stands for purity; its lasting qualities, faithfulness; its fragrance, love; its wide field of growth, charity; its form, beauty..."

Miss Anna Jarvis continued with the tradition of sending carnations to the Andrews Church. She send over 10,000 carnations in the subsequent years as a personal gift to the church on Mothers Day. This gradually lead to a custom of gifting carnations to mothers. Today carnations are worn and gifted worldwide on Mothers Day and have become symbolic of purity, strength and endurance of motherhood. As a custom red carnations are worn to honor living mothers and white carnations for the deceased mothers.

Carnation: The Divine Flower
It may be known that carnation is the common name for the cultivated variety of the clove-pink. Botanical name of the flower is Dianthus caryophyllus. It is likely that the word carnation is derived from coronation, as the flower's dented leaves somewhat resemble a crown. Carnations are also considered to be divine flowers. Carnations are generally white, pink, red or reddish pink in colour. Though carnations of other colours can also be found.

Trends
Cashing in on the growing demand for Mother's day flowers, florists design attractive carnation bouquets on the specifically on the occasion of Mother's Day. World over people send flowers for mother on this day.
 

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