Friday, April 27, 2007

What ,Why, How and When of Mother's Day!!:)

(This post is written by Asha from "Foodies Hope" blog)

Hello everyone,

May 13th is THE day for celebrating motherhood which includes all of us moms and our mothers too.So let's begin the month of May, devoting 2-3 days of every week to mommies discussing mom related articles.Of course in India we don't have a particular day to celebrate our moms.Wonder why Mother's day is not catching up over there, when we choose to "celebrate" Valentine's day etc!!Hmm...! ;p

A DMC reminder:
As Sandeepa has discussed before here (please read the article and the comments to get an idea of what's expected) and this too with all of you, from Thursday to Saturday you could share greetings,experiences and funny stories about you as a mom and your mom too.(Let MOMS be the focus for a change and keep the kids issues for the rest of the week this month!) Other days of week are open for any other subjects you would like to share.Now that's said and done....

Do you ever wonder how did the Mother's day come to be? Here is what I read about the real background of what it's all about in a nutshell.

The Story of Mother's Day:
The earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to ancient Greece when they worshiped mother of Gods.

During the 1600's, England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday",commonly known as "Mothers' Day" in the United Kingdom, has no direct connection to the American practice. It falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent (exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday). It is believed to have originated from the 16th Century Christian practice of visiting one's mother church annually, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day.They would honor their mothers by baking special cake called "Mothering cake".

Mother's Day in the United States was first proclaimed around 1870 in Boston by Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamation, and Howe called for it to be observed each year nationally in 1872.

In 1907, Mother's Day was first celebrated in a small, private way by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, to commemorate the anniversary of her mother's death two years earlier on May 9, 1905. Jarvis's mother, named Ann Jarvis, had been active in Mother's Day campaigns for peace and worker's safety and health since the end of American Civil War. The younger Jarvis launched a quest to get wider recognition of Mother's Day.

The celebration organized by Jarvis on May 10, 1908 involved 407 children with their mothers at the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton (this church is now the International Mother's Day Shrine).Grafton is the place recognized as the birthplace of Mother's Day.

The subsequent campaign to recognize Mother's Day was financed by clothing merchant John Wanamaker. As the custom of Mother's Day spread, the emphasis shifted from the pacifism and reform movements to a general appreciation of mothers. The first official recognition of the holiday was by West Virginia in 1910. A proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day was signed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on May 14, 1914.

While many countries of the world celebrate their own Mother's Day at different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium which also celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May." (Info from WIKIPEDIA)

Wasn't that interesting?! Now that you know the history of Mother's day,why not tell us about your experiences as moms and celebrate your moms with your posts. DMC will love to hear from you from Thursday to Saturday!

HAPPY (month long!) MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OF YOU from me and DMC,have fun this weekend!:)

Before I say bye to you,let me say "Happy Mother's day" to my own mummy in B'lore!!


Sandeepa said...

Asha...great post.
I will be gone for the weekend so see you everyone here again on Mondya

Asha said...

Thanks Sandeepa.Have a fun weekend and come back refreshed!See you on Monday:))

Saraswathi said...

Hi Asha,
I have sent an article about my experiences with my mom to

This is a great way to share about mothers:)

Asha said...

Hi Saraswathi,Sandeepa will post your's on Thursday,thank you for participating.
Looking forward to reading it:)

swapna said...

Hi ashaji
Happy mother's day to u too.Thanku for the info.

Asha said...

You too have a great Mother's day Swapna:))It is kinda exciting,isn't it?:))

Shivapriya said...

Wonderful post Asha. Guess what my son was born on 14th May:D.

Asha said...

Hi P! I read that in one your comments!So great! Your mom was there too right?
Happy Mother's day to you and Happy B'day to your baby.Double the joy!:))

nenjil said...

hi guys,
i am nenjil and my blog is am keen on joining your club...please tell me how to do it