Mother's Day Special
The power of love blesses us all - we admit it
A mother is a biological and/or social female parent of an offspring. Mothers have historically fulfilled the primary role in the raising of children. Mother is being called in different ways in different countries, but on the whole it is one in all a mother. It is she who fulfills the whole role.
The month of May brings to us the wonderful opportunity to celebrate the unique occasion called Mother's Day. Mother's Day is a special day for everyone! We use this day to honor our mothers all over the world. At first, people observed Mother's Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards, presents, and flowers.
Mother's Day is a relatively modern concept and quite different from Mothering Sunday, the occasion that began to be celebrated from the 16th century. Mothering Sunday did not begin as a celebration of motherhood, but was rather a time when people attended their local churches for a service to be held on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
Mothers Day is celebrated varies and is quite different from the manner in which Mothers Day is celebrated in US. But what is more important than the date and fashion of celebration is the feeling behind the festival. The idea of celebrating Mother's Day the world over is to pay tribute to mothers for all their love and support and to make them feel special.
We love Motherís Day. But motherhood is a 365 day a year job. We should let mom know on a regular basis how much we appreciate her efforts. It's never the wrong time to wash the dishes, make dinner, or give mom a poem.
Mother's Day is celebrated to honor all mothers and express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up a child. Most countries including US, Australia, Canada and India celebrate Mothers Day on the second Sunday of May. Mothers Day came into being due to the efforts made by Ms Julia Ward Howe and Ms Anna Jarvis. The Resolution for having a dedicated Mother's Day was signed by US President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914. Since then people across the world have been celebrating Mothers Day with joy and devotion.
The proverbial "first word" of an infant often sounds like "ma" or "mama". This strong association of that sound with "mother" has persisted in nearly every language on earth, countering the natural localization of language.
Early "Mother's Day" was mostly marked by women's peace groups.
A common early activity was the meeting of groups of mothers whose sons had fought or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. In New York City, Julia Ward Howe led a "Mother's Day" anti-war observance in 1872 which was accompanied by a Mother's Day Proclamation. The observance continued in Boston for about ten years under Howe's personal sponsorship, then died out.
In its present form, Mother's Day was established by Anna Marie Jarvis, following the death of her mother on May 9, 1905; she campaigned to establish Mother's Day as a U.S. national, and later an international, holiday.
Carnations have come to represent Mother's Day, since they were delivered at one of its first celebrations by its founder. This also started the custom of wearing a carnation on Mother's Day.
Familiar terms for mother in English are:
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren
- Mom or mommy, in most of North America (especially the U.S.) is used widely in the West Midlands, in the UK.
- Mum or mummy, is used in the UK, Canada, Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand
- Ma, Mam or Mammy is used in Ireland and sometimes in the UK and the US.
- Maa, Amaa, Mata is used in India and sometimes in neighboring countries, originating from the Sanskrit matrika and mata
- "mama" is used in many countries, but is considered a Spanish form of "mother"
Mother, who is a major role in the family, needs special attention and some special things and days to celebrate. The modern Mother's Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis as a day for each family to honor its mother, and it's now celebrated on various days in many places around the world. The mother's day is being created in the early 20th century. In most countries Motherís Day celebration is a recent holiday derived from the original celebration.
Different countries celebrate Mother's Day on various days of the year because the day has different origins. In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases "second Sunday in May" and "Mother's Day", and created the Mother's Day International Association. The extent of the celebrations varies greatly. In some countries, it is potentially offensive to one's mother not to mark Mother's Day. In others, it is a little-known festival celebrated mainly by immigrants, or covered by the media as a taste of foreign culture.
International history and traditions:
In most countries, Mother's Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it has evolved in North America and Europe. Many African countries adopted the idea of one Mother's Day from the British tradition, although there are many festivals and events celebrating mothers within the many diverse cultures on the African continent.
Celebrating motherhood is a historical tradition dating back almost as far as mothers themselves. A number of ancient cultures paid tribute to mothers as goddesses, including the ancient Greeks, who celebrated Rhea, the mother of all gods. The ancient Romans also honored their mother goddess.
In addition to the popular Mother's Day holiday in the United States, many cultures celebrate a Mother's Day.
During the 17th century, those living on the British isles initiated a religious celebration of motherhood, called Mothering Sunday, which was held on the forth Sunday during the Lenten season.
Mother's Day in Japan was initially commemorated during the Showa period as the birthday of Empress Kojun. Nowadays it is a marketed holiday, and people typically give flowers such as carnations and roses as gifts.
In China, Mother's Day is becoming more popular. In 1997 it was set as the day to help poor mothers, especially to remind people of the poor mothers on rural areas such as China's west. It also says that Communist Party of China's journal, an article explained that "despite originating in the United States, people in China take the holiday with no hesitance because it goes in line with the country's traditional ethics -- respect to the elderly and filial piety to parents.
Mother's Day in Greece corresponds to the Eastern Orthodox feast day of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. Since the Theotokos (The Mother of God) appears prominently in this feast as the one who brought Christ to the Temple at Jerusalem, this feast is associated with mothers.
Mother's Day in Iran is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Fatima Muhammmad's daughter.
In UK and Ireland, mothering Sunday falls exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. It is believed to have originated from the 16th century with a practice of visiting one's mother's church annually, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day.
The United States and Canada celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day not only in the United States, but also in other countries including Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia and Belgium.
In Spain, Mother's Day is December 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, so that not only mothers in one's family are honored, but also Mary, mother of Jesus.
Mother's Day in Vietnam is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. People with living mothers would be thankful, while people with dead mothers would pray for their souls.
In France, Mother's Day is on the last Sunday of May. A special cake resembling a bouquet of flowers is presented to mothers at a family dinner.
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, the League of Women Voters and other organizations still organize protests on Mother's Day: The Million Mom March, protests at nuclear weapons sites, etc.
Mother's Day is about presence, not presents.
Happy Mother's Day to all loving people and their mothers!
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