The Story of Mother"s DayT
he earliest Mother"s Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600"s, England celebrated a day called"Mothering Sunday". Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter, April 11),"Mothering Sunday" honored the mothers of England. D
uring this time many of the England"s poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called themothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch. A
s Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honor the "Mother Church" - the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. Over time the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration. People began honoring their mothers as well as the church. I
n the United States Mother"s Day was first suggested in 1872 byJulia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace. Ms. Howe would hold organized Mother"s Day meetings in Boston, Mass ever year. I
n 1907Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother"s Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother"s church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother"s Day on the second anniversary of her mother"s death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother"s Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia. M
s. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother"s Day. It was successful as by 1911 Mother"s Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother"s Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May. W
hile many countries of the world celebrate their own Mother"s Day at different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium which also celebrate Mother"s Day on the second Sunday of May.M
other"s Day will be celebrated onSunday May 09, 2004 (in theU.S.). In the UK Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the 21st of March.
Celebrating Mother"s DayO
ne the best way to celebrate Mother"s Day is to give your mom the day off. Let her take it easy and relax while the rest of the family does the work. M
any families begin Mother"s Day with breakfast in bed. Usually Dad and the Kids will let mom sleep late as they go into the kitchen and prepare her favorite meal. A Mother"s Day breakfast can consist of anything your mom likes. A
fter the food is cooked arrange everything nicely on a tray. Don"t forget the vase with a single flower. With spring here, the children can pick a tulip or daffodil from the garden outside. When everything is ready carefully carry the tray and mom"s favorite sections from the newspaper up to her bedroom. Cards and small presents from the children can be placed on the tray before it is presented to mom in bed. M
any Families make a special Mother"s Day dinner or take mom out to her favorite restaurant for a meal. It is a good day to let your mom relax and let her see what a wonderful family she has.