To nurture, guide, teach, learn from and care for …
to be there, to listen and
to love, unconditionally …
to have the courage, wisdom and love to let go and allow the shining of that individual soul to express itself.
Probably the most rewarding journey life gives us is to be given the gift of nurturing another.
Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. Many of the celebrations can be traced back to ancient festivals that honoured the goddess as Mother Earth.
I was curious to see how the “mother figure” is honoured around the world today…here is what I discovered….
ARGENTINA celebrates the third Sunday of October, a liturgical date for the celebration of the Virgin Mary
In AUSTRALIA the tradition of gift giving to mothers on Mother’s Day was begun by Janet Heyden in 1924. During a visit to a State home she met many lonely and forgotten mothers and in a bid to cheer them she encouraged local school children and businesses to give gifts to the women.
BULGARIA’S celebration on March 8th is linked to International Women’s Day and honours the Woman as an equal human being.
FRANCE & GERMANY had different reasons…alarmed by low birthrates in the early 1900’s national celebrations began to honour the mothers of large families.
INDONESIAN Mother’s day takes place on December 22nd celebrating the spirit of Indonesian women to improve the conditions of their country, the day was introduced by the Indonesian Women’s Congress.
ISRAEL’S celebration was begun by Henrietta Szold who had no children of her own but rescued and cared for many Jewish children from Nazi Germany. The celebration has evolved to be called Family day and celebrates the mutual love inside the family.
In the PHILLIPINES the mother is the “light of the household” and the one around which all the families activities revolve. This day for her is one of spending time with her family and having a day off from household chores.
In TAIWAN the celebration of mother’s day is a unified celebration and religious observance with Buddha Day and Tzu Chi Day. In Buddhist culture the recognition of mother’s day is one of the three fields necessary for cultivating wisdom…Mother’s Day for Gratitude and Thankfulness, Buddha Day for Reverence and Tzu Chi Day representing Compassion.