A little bit of history about Mother’s Day. It was started on May 10 1908 by a woman named Anne Jarvis but it wasn’t until May 8, 1914 that the US Congress designated Mother’s Day officially be on the 2nd Sunday of May. It is the 3rd largest holiday in the USA for sending cards but it has been so over commercialized that many refer to it as the “Hallmark Holiday”. It is interesting that the Carnation started out as the flower to represent Mother’s Day since 1908 when Anne Jarvis hand delivered 500 hundred of them to the 1st celebration and it was her mother’s favorite flower. Ironically enough, Anne was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace at a rally against the commercialization of the holiday.
In the United States, so much money is spent on cards, flowers and gifts, that one would think Anne Jarvis is spinning in her grave.
In Mexico, El Dia de la Madre (Mother’s Day) starts out with the small children singing songs to their mother’s. It is followed by mass at a shrine of the Virgin de Guadalupe. I learned the Virgin is the symbol of motherhood. After mass the morning meal consists of Tamales and Atole. If it is in the middle of the week, the Mother’s often go to school with the children for more singing, telling stories and having a meal provide by a local restaurant. El Dia de la Madre is a time to reflect and rejoice on the trials and tribulations that go with motherhood.
El Dia de la Madre was started in Mexico in 1922 by people bringing the idea from America. In 1940, wife of President Manuel Avilla Camacho, Soledad Orozco Garcia declared the 2nd Sunday in May to be the official holiday. Unlike the United States of America, many business give the mothers off for the holiday. Now days much money is spent here as well with the parents presenting their mothers with lavish gifts while the children present their mom’s with hand made cards and items. The plant nurseries and florist shops do a brisk business.
Here in Puerto Peñasco, many times the streets will be blocked off and there will be music and dancing as well as food and adult beverages with these celebrations going on until the wee hours of the morning. Over the years I was invited by dear friend Julio Meza to celebrate with his mom and family. I off course showed up early and because it was warm I had on shorts and a top. When the family showed up all the sisters were dressed to the 9’s, so I explained to Julio’s one sister that I would be back as I needed to dress up. She laughed and said the only reason they were dressed up is because they had a family photo taken. Sure enough in 30 minutes they were all dressed like me. Such fond memories and I left a midnight and things were just really getting started.
Many restaurants here in Rocky Point will be featuring special brunches and/or dinners for Mother’s Day, so check with your favorite place and see what they have going. Also if your mom is into flower’s check with the plant nursery by TelMex or the one on Blvd. Kino as well as all of the local florists.
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