Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Mothers Day is dedicated to celebrate the bliss of Motherhood. It’s a day when we get the divine opportunity to thank and show gratitude to our mothers. Mothers are everything for us when we are small. She is the person for whom we have stepped into this world. Our lives revolve around her. She is like a protective shield from all perceivable dangers. To take us out we hold her arms. To heal our wounds we run to her. And for a warm hug and love we look for her. She is the focal point of our lives, the greatest human being in the world or better said the image of God on earth. On the special occasion of Mother’s Day we pay tribute to our mother and make her feel happy.
History Of Mother’s Day
The history of Mother's Day is quite old and the 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, the early Christians in England celebrated a day to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Later on in UK, Mothers Day celebrations started by the name of Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday came to be celebrated following the practice in UK of 17th century where children from struggling families were send to work as apprentice and domestic servants with the rich. These children were allowed to visit their 'Mother Church' or the Cathedral of their home town annually in the middle of the fasting month. Children met their mothers after visiting the church and presented them with flowers and special cakes . Thus it was a kind of Mothers day for them.
In US the roots of the Mothers Day celebration were in the words of Julia Ward Howe. In 1872, she expresses the view of celebrating a special day for mothers. This was done through her prolific writings. Soon the fervor started growing strength and every body demanded declaration of official holiday and celebrations on Mothers Day. Her idea gained popularity but she could not get the idea implemented. Later on, after her death another activist Anne Jarvis worked hard to give all mothers their due recognition and it paid off. Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union. On May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. From then on Mother’s day has been celebrated every year with a lot of enthusiasm and spirit.
With the passage of time the celebrations of Mothers Day have gone through a massive transformation. Today Mothers day involves everything from giving gifts , writing poems, cutting cakes to showering mothers with boundless love. The festival of Mothers Day is based on the emotions shared between mother and a child. As grown ups it’s our turn to thank that special lady with the best that we can.