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Well *I* thought it was interesting....

Did you know that Mothers Day (today) in the US was an anti-war protest day?

from Wikipedia:

In the United States, Mother's Day was loosely inspired by the British day and was imported by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War. However, it was intended as a call to unite women against war. In 1870, she wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation as a call for peace and disarmament. [...]

Her idea was influenced by Ann Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker who, starting in 1858, had attempted to improve sanitation through what she called Mothers' Work Days. She organized women throughout the Civil War to work for better sanitary conditions for both sides, and in 1868 she began work to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbors.


Nine years after the first official Mother's Day, commercialization of the U.S. holiday became so rampant that Anna Jarvis herself became a major opponent of what the holiday had become. Mother's Day continues to this day to be one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions. According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States.
So with that in mind - give some thought to what you do this mothers day my US brethen. I've already had "mothering sunday" a few weeks ago (I call my mum and sent her and ecard), so today allows me to passively watch the US holiday, which is nice.


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11th May, 2008 22:24 (UTC)
Yes, and did you return to your mother church on Mothering Sunday...

I would have thought you'd be more for the secular version. :)
12th May, 2008 01:39 (UTC)
As I don't have, or have ever had, a mother church - yes, I went to it, and go to it every day ;)

To be fair that is more a folk etymology rather than a surefire reason for the holiday :)

Amusingly both versions ended up treating it in the same way... which is nothing like the original idea.
12th May, 2008 23:15 (UTC)
18th May, 2008 19:36 (UTC)
Poking at you here, too. *poke*
22nd May, 2008 15:31 (UTC)
I could barely even read this post,...I just stared at the little Katamari man, hehe
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