Mother's Day
Mother's Day
EDO The earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600's, England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday". Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter*), "Mothering Sunday" honored the mothers of England.

During this time many of the England's poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.

As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honor the "Mother Church" - the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. Over time the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration . People began honoring their mothers as well as the church.

In the United States Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace. Ms. Howe would hold organized Mother's Day meetings in Boston, Mass ever year.

In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.

Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother's Day. It was successful as by 1911 Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

While many countries of the world celebrate their own Mother's Day at different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium which also celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.

Happy Mothers Day to all mothers in the world!
wolf_pack Happy mothers day[:)]
aNihuNNy i od mene
deni na koj chestitate?
Originally posted by deni
na koj chestitate?
na majkati majkai majkamu majkami itn aj da en se luti moze i tatko ti
V irginia Dobro ...ja sum majka [:D] Blagodaram [:D][;)]!
mafisKumA How Much Is a Mother Worth? Your mother may be priceless to you, but in today's job market she's worth more than $635,000 per year, up more than $40,000 from 2001, according to an Edelman Financial Services’ Annual Mother's Day study, which includes the salaries of many possible occupations that a typical mother might hold during the course of a given year. The third annual EFS study examined salary data supplied by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, trade groups, various human resource organizations and staffing service firms. Edelman's goal was to establish criteria and determine what the combined median yearly salary would be for a multi-tasking mother being asked to: a. raise children b. cook meals c. keep house d. care for pets e. dispense medication and nursing care f. attend meetings and functions g. manage family finances h. provide transportation i. assist with homework j. listen to and resolve family problems k. keep family on schedule l. maintain family order and harmony Based on 17 key occupations, Edelman Financial Services Inc. estimates that this year a mother's financial worth is approximately $635,700 per year, or nearly $53,000 per month. The 17 key occupations mothers typically perform, along with corresponding median yearly salaries are: a. Animal Caretaker - $22,256 b. Chef - $25,110 c. Computer Systems Analyst -- $60,860 d. Financial Manager -- $70,366 e. Food/Beverage Service Worker -- $14,710 f. General Office Clerk -- $24,128 g. Registered Nurse -- $45,614 h. Management Analyst -- $52,457 i. Child Care Worker -- $18,179 j. Housekeeper -- $15,410 k. Psychologist -- $56,576 l. Bus Driver -- $26,832 m. Elementary School Principal -- $66,930 n. Dietitians/Nutritionists -- $38,313 o. Property Manager -- $36,020 p. Social Worker -- $31,387 q. Recreation Worker -- $30,576 TOTAL $641,900 "Edelman Financial Services is attempting to quantify and track the true market value of a mother's annual worth in today's economy," says Ric Edelman. "Of course, no one can place a value on the love and affection that mothers give to their families," he said. "But since a mother wears many hats and is on duty 24-hours-a-day, we decided that a typical mother deserves a full-time yearly salary for all 17 key occupational positions." Edelman notes that these figures should be higher, because they do not include the retirement, health and insurance benefits that workers in these positions typically receive. "So if you haven't given much thought to the benefits of having a mom, try finding the money you'd need to pay someone to do everything that she does," Edelman says. "You don't have enough money to hire a mom as good as yours – and from that perspective, our mothers are indeed priceless."