Some Mother's day facts

United States
May 10, 2009 8:02am CST
Feasts celebrating mothers have existed throughout the world since the beginning of time. The modern version of Mother's Day in the United States, was first observed in 1907. Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia decided that it would be a wonderful way to honor her deceased mother. Two years later, Jarvis and friends began a letter-writing campaign to create a Mother's Day observance. Soon after, in 1914, the US Congress passed legislation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. The earliest celebration honouring mothers dates back to the annual spring festival of ancient Greece dedicated to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. The Greeks would pay tribute with honey-cakes and fine drinks and flowers at dawn. Continuing this tradition, Mother's Day is still the biggest flower-buying day in the year in Britain: each year sales increase by an average of 70% on a normal day's trading. More cut flowers and houseplants are bought for our mums than on Valentine's Day for our partners! We spend over £85 million on floral gifts for this day, following in a long tradition of presenting our mothers with sweet-smelling fresh seasonal flowers. In the UK, Mother's day is celebrated on the 4th Sunday in Lent, but in other countries around the world, it is celebrated at different times. In Europe most countries honour their mothers on the second Sunday in May as do the Americans. May 10th is the day dedicated to mothers in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Many of these countries also use flowers to celebrate: • in Canada and the US, the traditional Mother's Day flower is a carnation, either pink carnations given to mothers to represent love for them, or white carnations worn in respect for those mothers who are no longer living. • Spring flowers are also strongly associated with Mothers Day - choose from flowers such as tulips, scented narcissi and daffodils for an authentic mother's day bouquet. • But do spare a thought for the mothers of Yugoslavia:On the second Sunday before Christmas, children creep in and tie their mother's feet to a chair, shouting 'Mother's Day, Mother's Day, what will you pay to get away?' Surprisingly, she then gives them presents! Many countries have special days to honor mothers. Some celebrate on May 10th or on the second Sunday in May and others have Mother's Day celebrations scattered throughout the year. Believe it or not, getting official recognition of Mother's Day as a holiday was not a quick or easy process. The United States proclamed Mother's Day an official holiday in 1914 after more than a century of women meeting locally to promote the idea. The trilingual Swiss began celebrating Muttertag, La Festa della Mamma or Fête des Mères, Mother's Day, in 1917. Whether the idea was adopted because Swiss chocolates are so good will never be known, but Switzerland was one of the first European countries to adopt the celebration. In Switzerland and many otehr countries, including the United States, Mother's Day is always the second Sunday in May. The date for the festivities this year will be May 8, 2005. Sometimes Mother's Day is confused with the English holiday called Mothering Sunday. Traditionally, this holiday falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent. But Mother's Day is now observed in England as well, and the traditions associated with Mothering Sunday have been largely replaced by modern Mother's Day celebrations. In Mexico and South America, Mother's Day is always celebrated on May 10. Mother's Day is the largest card-sending occasion for Hispanics beating out both Christmas and Valentine's Day! There is no fixed date for "Antrosht" or Mother's Day in Ethiopia because it occurs whenever the rainy season ends (October-November). Girls and boys come from all over to visit their parents, bringing the necessary ingredients for a meat hash, which their mothers prepare. The mother and girls anoint themselves with butter, and songs celebrating family and tribal heroes are sung. The entire festival lasts two to three days. Children's Day in Yugoslavia (December – three weeks before Christmas): On a Sunday in early December known as Dechiyi Dan or Children's Day, parents in Yugoslavia tie up their children and refuse to release them until they are good. On the following Sunday, known as "Materitse," "Materice," or Mother's Day, the children tie up their mother, releasing her only when she has paid them with sweets or other goodies. On the third Sunday known as "Ochichi," "Ocevi," or Father's Day, the children try to tie their father to a bed or chair. To be released, the father must promise coats, shoes or other more expensive items. These promises usually appear a short time later as Christmas gifts. Countries that celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May Australia Austria - Muttertag Belgium Denmark Finland Germany - Muttertag Italy - La Festa della Mamma Japan Switzerland Turkey United States Countries that celebrate Mother's Day on May 10: Bahrain Hong Kong India Malaysia Mexico - Día de las Madres Oman Pakistan Qatar Saudi Arabia Singapore United Arab Emirates Other Dates: Argentina – Second Sunday in October England – Last Sunday in Lent Ethiopia – Antrosht - End of the rainy season France – Last Sunday in May Lebanon – First day of Spring Norway – Second Sunday in February South Africa – First Sunday in May Spain and Portugal – December 8, the Virgin Mary's Day as well as a day to honor mothers Sweden – Last Sunday in May Yugoslavia, specifically the Serbians – Sunday, two weeks before Christmas
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
12 May 09
Thanks for sharing this with all of us. There is alot of new information here that I did not know.