The Origens Of Mothers Day
Oh, how lovely! What a wonderful spontaneous celebration of womanhood.
And now? I beleive Mothers Day has a lot more to do with economic stimulus.
An old fellow i looked after in hospital was with the Australian occupation forces in Japan. He went back to do business in the early 50's.
He was at a conference and a street parade was happening. There was a giant float of Father Christmas. Seeing as the Japanese are die hard Shinto Buhddist's he asked why they had any interest in Christmas? His Japanese colleague rubbed his thumb and index finger together...money.
Like everything these days, take away it's true meaning and replace it with infantile attachment and consumerism.
The Origins Of Mother's Day
The origin of Mother's Day in the United States has two different beginnings, but both women whose lives contributed to the founding of Mother's Day are similar. Both stated by the way they lived that Mother's Day was more than honoring of ones own mother.
In the 1850's Anna Reeves Jarvis organized Mothers' Work Day Clubs" which initially provided medicines for the poor and focused on sanitary conditions in her town. During the Civil War she had her Mothers' Work Day Clubs promise to care for soldiers from either side of the conflict. After the war she became a genuine peacemaker in her attempt to heal the wounds of families and friends that had been divided by the war.
In 1870's Julia Ward Howe began organizing "Mothers' Peace Day." Although she is most famous for writing Battle Hymn of the Republic, she turned away from that militant attitude when she saw the Civil War rage on at such a high cost of lives. After the war, she focused on voting rights for women and world peace. When war broke out between France and Prussia in 1870, she wrote, "Arise…Christian women of this day. As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, let women on this day leave the duties of hearth and home to set out in the work of peace." "The cause of world peace was the impetus for Julia Ward Howe's establishment, over a century ago, of a special day for mothers. Following unsuccessful efforts to pull together an international pacifist conference after the Franco-Prussian War, Howe began to think of a global appeal to women." (National Women's History Project.)
Anna Reeves Jarvis' daughter, Anna Jarvis, is credited with establishing Mother's Day. Her tireless letter writing campaign so "that the work of peacemaking and war against poverty that her mother waged would not be forgotten" (About Christianity Webb Site) paid off in 1914 when Congress passed the Mother's Day resolution.
The roots of Mother's Day are seated in World Peace, the combating poverty and appeals to women to act above and beyond. Knowing this, we have the ability to reconnect with those roots in a contemporary call for Peace today.
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