Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Let's celebrate MOTHER'S DAY!

Did you know ...
Mother’s Day was originated in America in the late 1800’s?

What state
was the first US State to observe Mother’s Day?
What U.S. President
was responsible making Mother’s Day a national observance?
Why is the color
of a carnation very significant on Mother’s Day?

I wanted to learn how this wonderful day became nationally observed on the second Sunday of May every year. Truth be told, I came across this wonderful website www.mothersdaycentral.com that discussed the history of Mother’s Day…

Religious~Peace~Friendship~Flowers~Sentimental Gifts

Religion is the root of celebrating mothers…
Many religious secular honor the term mother since the beginning of time. From Egyptian era to today’s churches you will find Mothers celebrated at different times of the year.

The feelings of a mother…
The first North American Mother’s Day began with Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Her protest of the civil war was called on Mothers to come together and protest what she saw as the hopelessness of their Sons killing the Sons of other Mothers. She wanted an international Mother's Day celebrating peace and motherhood!

Evolved by motherly love…
Soon a West Virginia woman’s group led by Anna Reeves Jarvis began to celebrate an adaptation of Howe’s holiday. In order to re-unite families and neighbors that had been divided between the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War. The group held a Mother’s Friendship Day. After Anna Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for an official Mother’s Day in remembrance of her mother and in honor of peace. It was held at Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

FLOWERS symbolized motherhood…
Anna Jarvis arranged for white carnations—her Mother’s favorite flower—to adorn the church patrons. Today, white carnations are used in memory of deceased Mothers and pink or red carnations express love to Mothers still alive. In 1912 West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother's Day. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed it into national observance, declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

Is Mother’s Day too commercialized…?
In the 1930’s Jarvis opposed the flower industry’s exploitation of the holiday, despite her efforts, flower sales on Mother's Day continued to grow. Let love grow! Flowers are not only the gift of choice for Mothers. In fact it has grown to a multi billion consumer day.

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Best always,


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