Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day Happiness To You

The story of Mothers Day is a long one.
It is neither a recent phenomenon as many people believe it to be.
Nor it is the creation of card and gift marketers syndicate as
 assumed by cynics of Mothers Day festival. To the surprise of lot 
many people Mothers Day celebrations are first said to have
taken place in the time of ancient Greeks and Romans
 hundreds of years ago.  Even Mothers Day celebrations in UK began
much before the tradition saw the light of the day in US.
In US the efforts of Ms Julia Ward Howe & Ms Anna Jarvis are greatly
 recognised for starting the tradition of Mothers Day but several
other women too made remarkable contribution
to further the cause of Mothers Day holiday. 

 Today Mothers Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries around
the world though at different times in the month of May and
in some countries it is celebrated in entirely different times of the year.
In the present time Mothers Day has come to be internationally
recognized as the day to honor all mothers and thank them for the
services they impart for the benefit of their individual child
and consequently to the development of mankind.
 Mother's Day Story
Celebrations in the time of Greeks and Romans 
The tradition of Mothers Day started with the ancient Greeks
 who celebrated their annual spring festival in honor of Rhea,
the mother of many Gods and Goddesses in the Greek mythology.
Ancient Romans too celebrated a spring festival by the name of Hilaria
 in honor of Cybele, a mother goddess, some 250 years before Christ was born.

 Mother's Day Story
Celebrations in UK 
In UK, Mothers Day celebrations started by the name of Mothering Sunday,
several years before the tradition found its roots in UK.
Mothering Sunday came to be celebrated following the practice in
 UK of 17th century wherein children of poor families were send
to work as apprentice and domestic servants with the rich.
These children were allowed to visit their 'Mother Church' or
the Cathedral of their home town annually in the middle of
the fasting month of Lent. Children met their mothers after visiting
the church and presented them with flowers and special 'Mothering Cakes'.
The custom received a set back with the advent of Industrial Revolution
when the lifestyles changes. American soldiers contributed in the revival
of the tradition after the World War II. 

 Mother's Day Story
Genesis of the Festival in US
The story of Mothers Day in US began with the efforts of a
dynamic writer and poetess, Julia Ward Howe in 1872.
An activist to the core Julia utilized her potentials to further
the cause of Mothers Day. She wrote a powerful Mothers Day Proclamation
in Boston in 1870 and demanded declaration of official holiday
and celebrations on Mothers Day. Her idea gained popularity
but she could not get the idea implemented.
Julia is also credited for penning words for Civil War song,
"Battle Hymn of the Republic".

 Sends Happy Mother's Day wishes to her Mommy Ming.

 Mother's Day Story
Struggle of Anna Jarvis
A loving daughter from West Virginia, Anna Jarvis is recognized
as a 'Founder of Mothers Day' and 'Mother of Mothers Day'.
Anna kept the word of her activist mother, Mrs Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis
who once expressed a wish that someone should strive to provide
mothers their due recognition. After her mothers death in 1905,
Anna's determination became strong and she along with several
supporters started lobbying for the official holiday on Mothers Day
by writing letters to the people in power. To celebrate Mothers Day,
Anna began to send her mothers favorite flowers, carnations in her
local church requesting people to wear them in honor of
 their mothers. The idea gained immense popularity over the
years and in 1910, West Virginia became the first state to
recognize Mothers Day holiday.
On May 8, 1914
President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution
designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
to all the great Mom's
in the world.