3.10.2013

I Bet You Didn’t Know Today Is Mother’s Day

It’s true! Ireland, Nigeria and the UK celebrate Mother’s Day today! Do you know why?

An American invented the holiday in 1908. It’s even said that the creator, Anna Jarvis, was already pissed off with the commercialization of the day by 1920. (So it’s a long-standing tradition to bemoan the greeting card industry.)

Jarvis also stipulated the placement of the apostrophe in “Mother’s.” Apparently it¬†should “be a singular possessive, for each family to honour their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.” Talk about picky!

Anyway, other countries adopted the tradition years later. But while May was chosen for American mothers, other countries chose their dates to coincide with traditions already in place.

For example, in Ireland, Mother’s Day was dropped on Mothering Sunday, the 4th Sunday in Lent. It was a day when you were supposed to attend Mass at your mother church, probably with your family. There was a lapse in the celebration of Mothering Sunday, but the American holiday inspired a renewed interest – this time with more emphasis on yo mama.

So happy Mothering Day and Mother’s Day and Fourth Sunday of Lent, Mom!

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