Sunday, May 08, 2005

happie mother day n happie birthda to kl

happie mother day to every1

happie bday to kl

how mother day come by

The observance of Mother's Dayhas not turned even a century old.Yet, the nature of the holiday makes it seemas if it had its roots in prehistoric times.Historians, holiday enthusiasts, and students of folklorehave claimed to find the antique pagan root.Again many others relate the traditionsas a direct influence of the "Mothering Sunday",observed by the early Christian churches.But viewed in the very secular nature ofour Mother's Day observance,it can be said that Mother's Dayis indeed unique in all sense, and spirit.A very endearing day for all of us.To let our mothers know how special they are!And, to knowabout the way the idea took roots in the United States;how it came to be observed for the first time;how the undaunted spirit and unbounded love,for her mother, led to fulfill the dreamsof Anna Jarvis, the mother of Mother's Day;and how the carnations became an emblem of mother-love...Also know, why the once observed Mothering Sunday is believed to be an immediate forerunner ofthe present Mother's Day observance.

the story of jarvis

Anna M. Jarvis was the originator of our Mother's Day. Born on May 1, 1864, Anna had always been extremely attached to her mother. Anna's mother Mrs. Reese Jarvis was a minister's daughter. She was conducting Sunday school classes in the Andrews Methodist Church of Grafton, West Virginia. Anna had a sister, named Elsinore. She was blind.Anna graduated from the Female Seminary in Wheeling and taught in Grafton for a while. Later she moved to Philadelphia with her family. Anna had spent many years looking after her ailing mother. This is why she preferred to remain a spinster.When her mother died in Philadelphia on May 9, 1905, Anna missed her greatly. So did her sister Elsinore whom she looked after as well. Anna felt children often neglected to appreciate their mother enough while the mother was still alive. Now, she intended to start a Mother's Day, as an honoring of the mothers. In 1907, two years after her mother's death, Anna Jarvis disclosed her intention to her friends. So, supported by her friends, she started a letter-writing campaign to urging ministers, businessmen and congressmen in declaring a national Mother's Day holiday. She hoped Mother's Day would increase respect for parents and strengthen family bonds.As a result of her efforts the first mother's day was observed on May 10, 1908, by a church service honoring Late Mrs. Reese Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia, where she used to taught. And it was also observed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the same day. Following this, it gained a widespread popularity across the nation. The Mother's Day International Association came into being on December 12, 1912, to promote and encourage meaningful observances of the event. Anna's dream came true when on May 9, 1914, the Presidential proclamation declared the 2nd Sunday of May to be observed as Mother's Day to honor the mothers.While honored for her part in the growth of the holiday, Anna Jarvis' last life was miserable. As the observance of Mother's Day enjoyed increasing popularity, new dimensions came to be added to it. This made Anna Jarvis disillusioned with her own creation. True, the original spirit that was meant for honoring of mothers, remained the same. But what began as a religious service expanded quickly into a more secular observance leading to giving of flowers, cards, and gifts. And Anna Jarvis was unable to cope with this changing mode of expression.An upset Anna lost her property. Her sister died. And Miss Jarvis herself began to lose her sight. In November 1944 she was ill and without money. Friends paid her expenses at a sanitarium in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She died there on November 24, 1948.


The carnations have become such a familiar part of Mother's Day observance that they are said to be an emblem of mother love. But why and how these flowers came to associate themselves with the Mother's Day?Also called GRENADINE, OR CLOVE PINK, this herbaceous plant is a native to the Mediterranean area. Its fringe petaled flowers often have a spicy fragrance.There are two general groups, the border, or garden, variety and the perpetual flowering variety. Border carnations include a range of varieties and hybrids. All flowers come in a range of colors, and are usually less than 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter and are borne on wiry, stiffly erect stems.The perpetual flowering carnation, perhaps derived from crosses between the border carnations and the China pink, produces larger flowers. The flowers of this variety blooms almost continuously in the greenhouse.Carnations are among the most popular cut flowers, used in floral arrangements, corsages, and boutonnieres. In Europe the carnation was formerly used as a treatment for fevers. It was also used to spice wine and ale during Elizabethan times, as a substitute for the more expensive clove.In 1907, Miss Anna Jarvis selected the pink carnations as the symbol for Mother's Day . So, like the Day itself it was Miss Jarvis who made it a part of Mother's Day. She introduced and supplied these white carnations at the first service conducted in Grafton, West Virginia. They were chosen because of her mother's fondness for them.May be, at first they were not exactly picked up on an emblematic sense. But they were immediately accepted as appropriate for the occasion. It was the inherent quality of sweetness, purity and endurance that made the carnations so popular on Mother's Day.Later, white carnations, with their sweet fragrance, came to be regarded as the flowers meant for those who have missed their mothers. Missed, either because of death, or, because of staying at a distance.And it was the red carnations which in course of time became the symbol while wishing a living mother love. Perhaps, red, the color of blood and heart, was thought to be more suited to represent life and love.

afternote: i wish my late mother all the best.. i miss her

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