Mother's Day  

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
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5/12/2006 6:45 pm

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5/13/2006 10:13 am

Mother's Day

(Found this on another site..I thought the info was worth sharing)

The Story of Mother's Day

The earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600's, England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday". Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter), "Mothering Sunday" honored the mothers of England.

During this time many of the England's poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.

As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honor the "Mother Church" Over time the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration. People began honoring their mothers as well as the church.

In the United States Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace. Ms. Howe would hold organized Mother's Day meetings in Boston, Massachusetts every year.

In 1907, Ana Jarvis from Philadelphia began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.

Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers..businessman..and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother's Day. It was successful as by 1911 Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow 1914..made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

Happy Mother's Day

Painting titled..Mawa, African Mother of Us All, by Monica Sjoo


rm_goddess1946 106F
13518 posts
5/12/2006 9:37 pm

Thanks, Kiss...
a Happy Mother's Day to you..
thanks for the story!

Just a little food for thought.............
If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you...

interested13563 53M
2557 posts
5/12/2006 10:14 pm

Thanks for the information, Kiss!!!!!
And Happy Mother's Day to you!!!!!!!!

RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
5/13/2006 3:37 am

Happy Mother's Day to you! Anything good that I am was taught to me by my momma. She's been gone over 10 years now, and I still miss her. Joe

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"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

Sulabula 45F
12659 posts
5/13/2006 6:35 am

Happy Mother's Day xxx

Sula xxx

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