Do you know when Mothers Day is this year…. and years to come?
Mother’s Day Date South Africa:
2010 – May 09
2011 – May 08
2012 – May 13
2013 – May 12
2014 – May 11
We’ll remind you again next year, don’t worry!
“My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I’ll always remember the tune”. – Graycie Harmonu s
Mother’s Day Flowers:
Carnations are the traditional flowers used on Mother’s Day. Apart from presenting their mom flowers, the people of South Africa also wear them to celebrate the day. The flower holds a special meaning on this day. While wearing red and pink carnations mean that a person’s mother is still living, the white ones are worn in honor of a deceased mother. On this particular day, children in South Africa pamper their mother and give her a special treatment. She is exempted from the daily chores, which are taken over by the children.
“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” – Lin Yutang
Mother’s Day History
The history of Mother’s Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. The early Christians celebrated the Mother’s festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. The English colonists settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday because of lack of time. In 1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother’s Day.
In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), a Philadelphia schoolteacher, began a movement to set up a national Mother’s Day in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers. The first Mother’s Day observance was a church service honoring Anna’s mother. Anna handed out her mother’s favorite flowers, the white incarnations, on the occasion as they represent sweetness, purity, and patience. Anna’s hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers.
Wisdom from the Mother of all times:
- People are generally irrational, unreasonable and selfish. They deserve to be loved, anyway.
- It’s law of nature that the good you do, will be forgotten tomorrow. But the good work must be carried on.
- Your honesty and frankness will expose you to problems but your work should not stop for it means the world to so many people.
- Years of your hard work may be destroyed overnight, that should not deter you from building upon your hard work.
- Despite giving your best to the world, you may be kicked in the teeth. Give the best you’ve got anyway.
- Places like Calcutta can be seen all over the world if you have eyes to see.
- Developed countries suffer from poverty of understanding, poverty of will, of loneliness, of lack of love and spirit. There is no greater disease in the world today than this.
- When you don’t have anything, then you have everything.
- The person who gives with a smile is the best giver because God loves a cheerful giver.
- It is not the size of our actions but the amount of love and care that is put into them that matters.
- You should never lose heart. God is merciful and kind- he has endowed you with the best gift- smile, which can make millions happy.
- Show kindness through your face, your eyes, your smile and through the warmth of your greetings. You must bear a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.
To all the mothers out there, especially our own: We will never be able to give you back all the love you gave us, but know this, we hope to be for our children what you have been for us, and make them feel as loved as we did. May that be your reference to the rest of the world!