The Anti-War Origins of Mother’s Day – Truthdig

I am breaking a tradition by posting more than one post on the weekends.

To all my Mothers out there…Happy Mother’s Day!

I am unapologetic anti-war….and there is a precedent with anti-war and Mother’s day……

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe responded to the horrors of the Civil War by issuing her “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” calling on women around the world to rise up and oppose war in all its forms.

It would be decades before Americans officially began celebrating Mother’s Day, and much of the original spirit of the proclamation has since been lost.

Source: The Anti-War Origins of Mother’s Day – Truthdig

15 thoughts on “The Anti-War Origins of Mother’s Day – Truthdig

  1. All well and good…
    But I banned Mothers day along with Xmas!
    I told my daughter years ago I was not into commercial crap…
    Birthdays I celebrate…
    The media spoon feeds you into feeling your children have to be obliged….when some do not want to…

    The earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.

    Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.

    Early Christians celebrated a Mother’s Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ.
    In England the holiday was expanded to include all mothers. It was then called Mothering Sunday.
    Mothering Sunday for most women in those days was the only day the poor f**ers got off!

      1. Then celebrate every day…but buying into the commercial market which is what it is, is not my idea of celebrating mothers day…..
        One of my friends does not even like his mother…but had to go and celebrate…duty calls.

  2. ps…
    and then they had to go to church….to get it!
    I would rather attend a pagan mushroom festival!

  3. I think it could easily be said that anyone who is NOT anti-war is, at least in my reality, clinically insane. Only those who have abrogated their own humanity can engage in it with any sort of equanimity; anyone truly human abhors it….

    A large part of humanity, sadly, is not human….which says something about Mother’s Day I don’t care to contemplate….

    gigoid, the dubious

  4. According to the show, “Mysteries at the Museum,” Ms. Ward wanted the official flower to be white carnations for the day and she ending up completely broke trying to get the idea across to people.

      1. I only see it on weekends, but that’s my cable? A good show, has usually 4 topics per hour.

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