Exalted Rulers Message
by Kurt BialousFirst off, our officer corps is now complete! Thanks to Dennis Dody for stepping into the Tiler position! The Ritual competition in San Rafael is now behind us and I am very proud of the way our team performed. We are now looking forward to moving on with this year and serving our Lodge. As I learn the business side of our Lodge, I am becoming very aware of the amount of work that our members perform to make it run successfully. To recognize them individually would take up most of the Herd Talk! So to all of you I say "THANK YOU" !
Remember to: Join in too-the tradition of 652!
Your Exalted Ruler
Mothers' Day, May 8th
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April or May. It complements Father's Day, a similar celebration honoring fathers.
Mother's Day is an American invention. It is not directly descended from the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration. Despite this, in some countries Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.
The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in America. She then began a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis' holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers, and/ or maternal figure on mother's day.
Various observances honouring mothers existed in America during the 1870s and the 1880s, but these never had resonance beyond the local level. Jarvis never mentioned Julia Ward Howe's attempts in the 1870s to establish a "Mother's Day for Peace", nor any connection to the Protestant school celebrations that included "Children's Day" amongst others. Neither did she mention the traditional festival of Mothering Sunday, but always said that the creation was hers alone. For more information on previous attempts, see the "United States" section in this article.
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