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Mother's Day - Moederdag

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Mothers are everything for us when we are small... our lives revolve around our mother.  For everything that we need we call our mum.  To protect us from all perceivable dangers, we want our mum around.  When we are hurt it is our mum we look to turn to for comfort.  She is the focal point of our lives. 

This Sunday, May 13 2012, The Netherlands and many other nations shall celebrate Moederdag (or Mother’s Day).  As Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society, I felt it was simply too important an occasion to be ignored so I am writing this week’s blog particularly in honour of my mother, my grandmothers, and my sister and all mothers and mother-figures who play a significant role in our lives.

Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world but, most commonly, it is celebrated between the months of March and May with the 2nd Sunday in May being the most popular date.

In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day” and created the Mother’s Day International Association.

Although Anna Jarvis is recognised as the Founder (or Mother) of Mother’s Day, celebrations are first said to have taken place in the time of ancient Greeks and Romans hundreds of years ago.   Anna Jarvis, a loving daughter from West Virginia, kept the word of her activist mother, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, who once expressed a wish that someone should strive to provide mothers their due recognition.  After her own mother’s death in 1905, Anna’s determination grew and she, along with fellow supporters, started lobbying for the official holiday on Mother’s Day by writing letters to the people in power.

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Anna began to send her mother’s favourite flowers, carnations, to her local church requesting people to wear them in honour of their mothers.  The idea gained immense popularity over the years and in 1910, West Virginia became the first state to recognise the Mother’s Day holiday.  And on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Have you ever wondered about the placement of the apostrophe in Mother’s Day?  Well, Anna Jarvis was very specific about the placement because she wanted it to be singular possessive so each family could honour their own mother, or mother-figure.


How is Mother’s Day celebrated?

In many countries special prayers are read in churches in honour of mothers.  But the most common method of celebrating Mother’s Day is to treat mothers with breakfast in bed, present a hand-made card and a special gift.

Some families enjoy a family get-together for Mother’s Day where siblings living away from home return for the day for a celebratory meal at home or in a restaurant.  As Mother’s Day is most commonly celebrated in May when the weather should be starting to get a bit warmer, many families go out for picnics.


How will you honour your Mother this Sunday?


Mum is such a special word

The loveliest I’ve ever heard

A toast to you above all the rest

Mum, you are so special

You are simply the best



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