Happy Mother's Day
Thank you to the ancient Greeks and Romans for starting the idea of Mother's Day. The festivals for the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele were filled with color and feasting. The Christians thought this was a good idea and so they started Mothering Sunday.
It became a major tradition in the United Kingdom and some places in Europe and it was on the fourth Sunday in Lent. This was the day the faithful would return to the mother church in the vicinity of their home. Years later it became a secular holiday with flowers and gifts. As time went by, it faded from popularity, and then the holiday arrived in America.
It was celebrated in the US before the Civil War. Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start Mother's Day Work Clubs to teach mothers how to care for their children. After the Civil War, the name was changed to Mother's Friendship Day, so mothers of Union soldiers and mothers of the Confederate soldiers could reconcile.
Later Juliet Blakely, Mary Sasseen, and Frank Hering worked to organize Mother's Day for Temperance. Mr. Hering is called by some as the father of Mothers' Day.
Anna Jarvis's mother died in 1905 and Anna wanted to honor her and other mothers and started a national and later a world campaign to establish Mother's Day.
It became official in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson established the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
In Thailand, Mother's Day is celebrated in August on the birthday of Queen Sirikit. In Ethiopia, they celebrate for many days where they sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht (the name of their Mother's Day).
Blessed be the hand that prepares a pleasure for a child, for there is no saying when and where it may bloom forth. by Douglas Jerrold
If I were asked to give a thought which in one word would speak
A unity of brotherhood, a sympathy complete,
A hundred happy cheery ways, a mind that knows its own,
Contented midst a throng of folk, yet peaceful when alone,
A heart that sheds its silent glow to brighten many another,
Without a moment of delay, I'd say, "You mean my mother."