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segunda-feira, 26 de abril de 2010

Mother´s Day

History and customs…

Different countries celebrate Mothers’ Day on various days of the year because the day has a number of different origins. In Brazil, in the U.S.A. and other countries, Mothers' Day is a holiday celebrated on second Sunday in May. It is a day when children honor their mothers with cards, gifts, and flowers.
In the 1600’s, in England there was an annual observance called “Mothering Sunday”. It was celebrated during Lent, on the fourth Sunday. On Mothering Sunday, the servants, who generally lived with their employers, were encouraged to return home and honor their mothers. It was traditional for them to bring a special cake along to celebrate the occasion.
In the U.S., in 1908 Anna Jarvis, from Grafton, West Virginia, began a campaign to establish a national Mothers’ Day. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton to celebrate Mothers’ Day on the anniversary of her mother’s death. A memorial service was held there on May 10, 1908, and in Philadelphia the following year where Jarvis moved. Jarvis and others began a letter-writing campaign to ministers, businessmen, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mothers’ Day. They were successful. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mothers’ Day a national observance that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.
Many other countries of the world celebrate their own Mothers’ Day at different times throughout the year. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium celebrate Mothers’ Day on the second Sunday in May, as in Brazil and in the U.S.A.
People celebrate the date gathering with their mothers and giving them flowers, chocolates, cards and gifts.

Some motherly advice...

· Always change your underwear; you never know when you’ll have an accident.

· Don’t make that face or it’ll freeze in that position.

· Be careful or you’ll put your eye out.

· What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?

· You have enough dirt behind those ears to grow potatoes!

· Close that door! Were you born in a barn?

· If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.

· Don’t put that in your mouth; you don’t know where it’s been!

Mother poem

M... is for the million things she gave me,
O... means only that she’s growing old,
T... is for the tears she shed to save me,
H... is for her heart of purest gold;
E... is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
R... means right, and right she’ll always be.
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER”.
A word that means the world to me.

Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

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