Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother’s Day Tradition

According to tradition, Mother's Day is celebrated every year on the second sunday in May.

The setting aside of a day each year to honor mothers was the
suggestion of Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
whose own mother had died on May 9, 1906. She held a
memorial service and asked those attending to wear white
carnations—a gesture that soon became a tradition.

By 1914 President Woodrow Wilson had proclaimed a national day
in honor of mothers, and some people still wear carnations
on the second Sunday in May—pink or red for mothers who
are living and white for those who have died.

Sometimes Mother’s Day is confused with Mothering Sunday,
an English holiday that falls on the fourth Sunday in
Lent. But Mother’s Day is now observed in England as well,
and the traditions associated with Mothering Sunday have
been largely forgotten.A number of Protestant churches have
designated this day as the Festival of the Christian Home.

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