When Is Mother's Day 2012
In the UK, the date of Mother's Day is dependent on Easter, whereas in the USA Mother's Day is always the second Sunday in May. Mothers Day 2013 is on the 10th of March. However in America children celebrate their Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, which is May 12th in 2013.
Mother's Day Topics
Mother's Day in the UK can be understood by reference to its less common, but more descriptive name - Mothering Sunday. Let us look back at a time when many young men and women worked away from home as servants of the wealthy. Masters would give the their servants an occasional day off to attend their own church, and this would have been an opportunity to visit their families after the service. Eventually, visiting mother became the prime purpose of this annual day off and thus 'Mothering Sunday' was born.
Mothering Sunday in the Middle Ages
Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in Britain on the fourth Sunday in Lent since the 16th century. One suggestion of its origins is that the custom originated in the church festival of 'Refreshment Sunday' when everyone was expected to revisit the church in which they were baptised, their 'Mother Church.'
Alternatively Mothering Sunday may have started when English Catholics were supposed to travel to attend Mass in their 'Mother Church', this would have been the regional cathedral rather than in their local parish. Whatever the merits of this theory, by the Reformation, it had changed into an occasion for children to visit their parents.
The earliest occasions that can be accurately traced by historians, for honouring the mother figure, are pre-Christian in origins, relating to the mother-goddess of pagan religion and entwined with the springtime cycle of renaissance [new life and rebirth].
The ancient Greeks chose a day in spring to honour the mother of the gods, Rhea: early Christians held a springtime festival in honour of Mary the mother of Jesus. As the Christian faith spread through Europe, this practice was carried with it and this celebration of the Mother of Christ was gradually extended to the Mother Church and, eventually, to honour all mothers.
Mother's Day in Other Countries
In the USA Mother's Day (as opposed to Mothering Sunday) is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, a date fixed in 1914; interestingly this date is shared by Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Turkey.
There are two claims for the origin of Mother's Day in America. The person responsible for the modern form of this celebration was Anna Marie Jarvis, whose mother died on May 9, 1905.
A memorial service was held on May 12, 1907 in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. However, the first organized service was held on May 10, 1908. Anna, with the help of John Wanamaker, campaigned to establish Mother's Day as a national holiday in the USA.
On May 8, 1914, Congress passed a law which designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day, and the next day President Woodrow Wilson announced the first national Mother's Day. In this era it was a day for American citizens to honor those mothers whose sons had died in war.
It was Anne Marie Jarvis who created the association between the carnation and Mother's Day. The present tradition is to wear a red carnation if you mother is living and a white one if she is deceased.
An earlier claim to have established Mother's day in 1868 involved another Ann - Ann Jarvis, and this too had the theme of uniting mothers who had lost a son in the Civil War. However, this was called not Mother's Day but Mother's Friendship Day and its purpose was to reunite families that had been separated, or divided by the American Civil War.
Punctuation of Mother's Day and Mothers' Day
The apostrophe, to represent the possessive always causes spelling difficulties. Will and Guy's logic is that we remember one's mother, thus we write Mother's Day. In British English, as opposed to American English, it's also possible for a group of unrelated people to celebrate their Mothers' Day. While this usage of the apostrophe is grammatically correct in England, it's not in common usage.
Translation: Guy know's it should be Mother's Day, but occasionally he slips up and calls it Mothers' Day.
Lionel phones his mother living in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK.
'Mum, how are you?' he asks.
Lionel, concerned asks, 'Why are you so weak, mother?'
Lionel stammers, 'That's terrible. Why haven't you eaten in 23 days?'
Turning The Knife
While assembling furniture, Liz asked her friend's six-year-old
son, Ricky, to bring her a screwdriver.
by the question, Liz responded with, 'Bring me a 'Mummy' screwdriver.'
Two Quotations to Ponder
I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford.
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.
The Stages Of
Motherhood: Author Unknown
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