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Friday, 6 May 2011

History of Mother's Day....Its Origin

The second Sunday in May has been set aside in honor of Motherhood.  Many churches have special services in which they honor mothers of the congregation.  They usually present the oldest Mom, youngest mom and mom with the most children in church.

There is a custom of wearing a carnation on Mother's Day.  A coloured carnation means that the person's Mother is living.  A white carnation indicated that a person's mom is dead. 

Years ago, England observed what they called Mothering Sunday.  It came in mid-Lent. The first suggestion for a day set aside to honor Mothers was made by Julia Ward Howe.  She suggested that it be observed on June 2, as a day dedicated to peace. 

Julia was born in 1819 in New York to a prominent family.  She was an American writer and reformer.  She was known as one of the most famous women of her time. 

Julia became interested in the women's movement.  She chose the second Sunday in May to celebrate Motherhood.  She also began the custom of wearing the carnation.  Her own mother was honored on the first service at Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

Let's Honor all our Mothers tomorrow and let them feel special just as they are.  To my mom, I love you...

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