Honoring Our Parents as We All Age
show is dedicated to my Mother.
Mother's Day is a day for celebrating
motherhood and thanking mothers. Mothers
often receive gifts on this day, and it
is a busy time of year for mail in many
countries. In 1973, the U.S. Postal
Service was held up for eight days
because of the number of letters and
Mother's Day falls on various days of the
year in different countries because it
has a number of different origins. One
school of thought claims this day emerged
from a custom of mother worship in
ancient Greece. Mother worship - which
kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother
of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus -
was held on March 15 to March 18 around
Asia Minor. They insist that this custom
spread around the world from there.
Julia Ward Howe wrote the original
Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870, as a
call for peace and disarmament. Excerpt:
From the voice of a devastated
Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and
the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail
and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each
other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live
Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom
falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent
(typically March or early April). It has
been celebrated for hundreds of years,
though the exact origin is uncertain.
Tradition has it that young apprentices
were released by their masters that
weekend in order to visit their families.
In most countries, Mother's Day is a new
concept copied from western civilisation.
In many African countries, Mother's Day
has its origins in copying the British
concept. In most of East Asia, Mother's
Day is a heavily marketed and
commercialised concept copied straight
from Mother's Day in the USA.
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