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MOTHERS DAY HISTORY IN DIFFERENT CULTURES

red and white carnation.jpgMother's Day celebrations can be traced right back to ancient spring festivals dedicated to mother goddesses.

I knew White Carnations were Mothers day flowers, but came to know that red or pink are the flowers for the living mothers while white were for the dead. This I wanted to share with the flower community.

Ancient Greeks worshipped Rhea, mother of gods and goddesses and wife of Cronus.

As early as 250 BC Romans worshipped Cybele, a mother goddess.

In England Mothering Sunday was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, the 40 day period leading up to Easter. The servants of the rich were given a day off to return home to spend the day with their mothers. Mothering Cake was prepared on this day.

In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) first suggested Mother's Day in 1870 as a day dedicated to peace.

In 1907 Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. She was successfull in introducing Carnations as the flowers gifted to mothers on Mother's Day.

White carnations have come to be considered symbolic of love for a mother who has died or is far away and red or pink carnations are for mothers that are close by and living.

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