Mother's Day

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A mother's love is a Segenblessing,
No matter where you herumwandern, herumtreiben; hier: seinroam.
Keep her while she's living,
You'll miss her when she's gone.
Love her as in childhood,
When schwachfeeble, old and grey,
For you'll never miss a mother's love
'til she's begrabenburied beneath the Lehm; hier: Bodenclay.

(traditional Irish song)

Although England had some kind of Mother's Day already in the 18th century, it is less than a hundred years ago that the tradition started in the USA and many other countries.

The American Anna Jarvis from Grafton, West Virginia, is known to be the mother of Mother's Day. She lived at a time when most women to devote one's life = sich zur Lebensaufgabe machendevoted their lives ausschließlich, einzig, alleinsolely to their families and homes, but their work as mothers was not anerkanntrecognised and geehrthonoured. There were several reform movements, however, that wanted to change the women's situation. Anna's mother, Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis, was engaged in such reform movements as well. She also taught at Sunday School in Andrew's Church, Grafton where one day she finished her lesson with a Gebetprayer that was to stick in one's mind = sich jemandem einprägenstick in Anna's mind for ever:

"I hope that someone, sometime will gründen, begründenfound a memorial mother's day to commemorate = gedenkencommemorating her for the unvergleichlichmatchless service she to render = leisten, erweisenrenders to humanity in every field of life."

When her mother died on 9 May 1905, Anna decided to widmendedicate her life to establish a day in honour of mothers. So, Anna Jarvis started writing letters to influential people, and on the second anniversary of her mother's death a Gedenkgottesdienstmemorial service was held at Andrew's Church in Grafton, where her mother had taught. At that occasion Anna passed out Nelkencarnations, her mother's favourite flowers: a red carnation was worn to honour a living mother, and a white one to honour a verstorbendeceased mother. The idea of commemorating mothers sich ausbreiten, verbreitenspread rapidly, and on 8 May 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution naming the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

Many countries now celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May, but other countries celebrate it at different times throughout the year. In the UK for example Mothering Sunday is on the 4th Sunday in FastenzeitLent, originally a day in honour of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.