Earlier today I posted mothers day traditions, trivia and facts around the globe and wanted to share a few more interesting mothers day facts with you. For instance did you know:
• In the Bible, Eve is credited with being the “Mother of All the Living.”
• During the 1600’s, England celebrated a day called “Mothering Sunday.” Servants would go home to see their families, bringing cakes and sweets to their moms. This custom was called “going a-mothering”. Each mother would recieve a simnel-cake (Latin for “fine flour) and mother’s would give a blessing to their children.
• Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia began the campaign that brought about the official observance of Mother’s Day in the United states. Her mother died, and Anna wanted all mothers to be remembered. She asked that white carnations be the official mother’s day symbol. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders that made Mother’s Day a national holiday.
• Just nine years later, Anna filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over- commercialization of Mother’s Day. She lost her fight. Now, cards, letters, candy and dinners out mark Mother’s Day for most families. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.
• Mother Earth is also known as “Terra Firma”. That title is a Latin translation of some lines from one of the Greek poet, Homer’s, greatest poems.
• In Yugoslavia on “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.
• In France children Mother’s Day is refered to as Fete des Meres. It provides children and adults to honour their mothers and give her gifts and treats. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in May. It is treated more like a family birthday. Everyone in the family gathers for a special meal.
• In Europe, people on Mother’s Day honor their mothers as well as the church. They respect the “Mother Church” – the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. The church festival got blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration.
• In Spain Mother’s Day is celebrated on 8th December. It is closely associated with Mother Mary – the mother of Jesus. On this children send special cards, chocolates, flowers and other presents to their mothers. But many children make their own presents for their mothers.
• In Sweden Mother’s Day is on the last Sunday in May and is a family holiday. The Swedish Red Cross sells small plastic flowers on the days leading up to Mother’s Day. The money raised from the sale of the flowers is used to help needy mothers and their children.
• Along with America, at least 46 other countries, including New Zealand, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Turkey and Belgium celebrate Mothers Day, most on the second Sunday of May. Many people follow the custom on Mother’s Day of wearing a carnation. A coloured carnation means that a person’s mother is living while a white carnation honours a person’s mother who is dead.
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