Wednesday, May 13, 2009

HMD :)

To all mums over the world,Happy Mother's Day (I know it's been three days back )

A little bit of history on mother's Day. Majoritiy of countries celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May. On this day,it is common for Mother's to be lavished with presents and special attention from their families, friends and loved ones. But it hasn't always been this way.


Spiritual Origin of Mother's Day.

Only recently dubbed "Mother's Day",the highly traditional practice of honoring of Motherhood is rooted in antiquity, and past rites typically had strong symbolic and spiritual overtones ; societies tended to celebrate Goddesses and symbols rather than actual Mothers. In fact, the personal, human touch to Mother's Day is a relatively new phenomenon. The maternal objects of adoration ranged from mythological female deities to the christian church itself. Only in the past few centuries did celcebrations of Motherhood develop a decidedly human focus.

Goddess Isis - Early Egyptian Roots

One of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a Mother deity can be found among the ancient Egyptians, who held an annual festival to honor the Goddess Isis, who was commonly regarded as the Mother of pharaohs. Her stern, yet handsome head is typically crowned by a pair of bull horns enclosing a fiery sun orb. She is most often depicted sitting on a throne.

So the story goes, after Isis' brother-husband Osiris was slain and dismembered in 13 pieces by their jealous brother Seth, Isis re-assembled Osiris' body and used it to impregnate herself. She then gave birth to Horus, whom she was forced to hide amongst the reeds lest he be slaughtered by Seth. Horus grow up and defeated Seth, and then became the first ruler of a unified Egypt. Thus Isis earned her stature as the Mother of pharaohs.

Mothering Day in Europe - Family Greetings With Mom

In the 1600's a clerical decree in England broadened the celebration to include real Mothers, earning the name Mothering Day. Mothering Day became an especially compassionate holiday toward the working classes of England. During this Lenten Sunday, servants and trade workers were allowed to travel back to their towns of origin to visit their families. Mothering Day also provided a one-day reprieve from the fasting and penance of Lent so that families across England could enjoy a sumptuous family feast—Mother was the guest of honor. Mothers were presented with cakes and flowers, as well as a visit from their beloved and distant children.

So,that was a little bit of information on Mother's Day that we all used to celebrate untill now.

To Mummy,I Love You and thank you for everything you have done for me all these years.

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