Enat – poem by Tigist mamo (Sunday With EBS)
Mother’s Day, a Mother’s Day Holiday, is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in more than 40 countries. The florists in the streets and alleys of the cities have to procure a large supply of flowers in order to be prepared for the great onslaught of the buyers. What is so special about this day that so many flowers are bought? Of course, it’s Mother’s Day! And all the children of mothers try to pause at least once a year and to commemorate their creators, the person to whom they owe the protection and security of the first years of life. But where does the rite come from each year to bestow the female part of the parents on this very day and to give thanks for the fact that the mother has facilitated the start of life on this earth and that she is always there when she is needed?
As always in such cases, the beginning is far back in history. The prologue takes place in seventeenth-century England. On the fourth Sunday in the Easter fast, there were the servants and maids there, where they visited their parents and brought them breadcrumb cake. In French Champagne, Walloon in Belgium and Thuringia, there was a similar custom, where, however, the visitors were presented with gifts and richly served. But it did not stay that way.
In the American Civil War of 1861-1865, a certain Ann Jarvis entered the American public sphere by making a name for herself in her efforts to care for injured soldiers and provide widowhood. During this time, she founded the Mother’s Day Work Club . Here the term is institutionalized for the first time. The American publicist and women’s rights activist Julia Ward Howe, who was also a determined opponent of the war, took up the idea of Ann Jarvis and demanded in 1872 the introduction of a national holiday. This should be Mother’s Day of Peace be called. However, she could not prevail with her postulate. After the sudden death of Ann Jarvis in 1905, her daughter of the same name was photographed by Julia Ward Howe.