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History of Mother's Day

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the nation and its destiny. --South African proverb

A very beautiful proverb for all the lovely and caring mothers! Right! We all love our mothers and want to give her something in return and celebration of Motherís Day all over
the world is a kind of tribute to heró

to honor our mothers,thank them for their efforts in giving us life, for our upbringing and being our constant support and well wisher throughout our life. Mother's Day Celebrations
But how many of us are aware of the proper History of Motherís Day? Sometimes it leaves us puzzled with its colored faces. And we love to explore more about it. Hence, letís dive into the History of Motherís Day and unfurl the age-old veil of mysticism draped into it.

The early history of Motherís Day dates back to Greeks and Romans. Even the Christians started observing the Motherís Day as a special festival before the birth of Christ. However, the recent History of Motherís Day takes us to England where a Mothering Sunday is observed. Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, this is a yearly celebration to pay honor to Virgin Mary. On Mothering Sunday, the servants would take the day return home in order to spend the day with their mothers. For celebration, a special cakeóthe Ďmothering cakeí, was brought to provide a festive touch. Even wheat grains boiled in sweet milk, sugared and spiced called Ďfurmetyí was also served. However, in northern England and in Scotland, pancakes made up of steeped peas fried in butter called Carlings are served with pepper and salt. Hence, in some places this day is also known as Carling Sunday.

There is a History of Motherís Day in the United States also. Julia Ward Howe was the person who first suggested the official celebration of the Motherís Day. She proposed that the Motherís Day be celebrated on the June 2nd, in the year 1872. However, Anna Jarvisóan Appalachian homemaker and a social worker, is recognized as the Founder of Motherís Day in the US. She, in 1907 established a national Motherís Day in honor of her motheróAnn Maria Reeves Jarvis. She started a celebration on a day to raise awareness of poor health condition in her communityóa cause, which she thought, would be well advocated by caring mothers and hence, she called it Motherís Work Day. However, later the US Congress in 1914 passed a legislation designating the second Sunday in May as Motherís Day. offers you an insight into the History of Motherís Day. Wanna know more, keep browsing!
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