Thursday, May 11, 2006

Mother's Day.

Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, and I found

this article in the local paper without the author’s name.

So I hope that the facts are accurate.


Mother’s Day is a celebration of motherhood and thanking

Mum, who loves and cares for you unconditionally.


Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 40 countries

around the world, but the date and the way it is

celebrated in each country varies.


United States : (second Sunday in May). Mother’s Day is

usually celebrated by giving Mum a present, such as flowers,

chocolate and cards or taking Mum out for dinner with the



India : The Hindu people celebrate for 10 days in a festival

held in October. The festival is named after a goddess who

protects the people from evil.


Spain : Mother;s Day in Spain is a religious celebration on

December 8 with people paying respect to the Virgin Mary.


Yugoslavia : Mother’s Day is observed in December. The

children sneak into their mother’s bedroom and tie her up

in bed. When she awakes she promises to give the children

gifts that she has hidden, in order to be untied.


Japan : (second Sunday in May). Young children draw pictures

called “My Mother´and enter them into an exhibition, which

travels to many different countries.


Sweden : Little plastic flowers are sold in the lead up to

Mother’s Day, which is held on the last Sunday in May, and the

money is then used to send the mothers and their children

on vacation.


While Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in different countries,

the sentiment is the same: Honouring and thanking Mum.


Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May in

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland,

Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New

Zealand, Taiwan, Turkey and the US.


The United Kingdom celebrates on March26, Thailand on

August 12, Russia on the last Sunday in November, and in

Indonesia on December 22.


***** I hope that is of some interest.***


I would like to wish all the Mothers and Grandmothers etc

a very Happy Mother’s Day, and hope that they get to spend

time with family. That is what it is all about. I am a little

early with this wish, but I hope you have a happy day.


** Joke of the Day **

A bloke walks into a sports bar at 9:58pm.

He sat down next to a blonde at the bar and stared up at

the TV. The 10 o’clock news was on.

The news crew was covering a story of a man on a ledge of a

large building preparing to jump.

The blonde looked at the bloke and said : “Do you think

he’ll jump?

He replied: “You know, I bet he’ll jump.”

The blonde said: “Well, I bet he won’t.”

The bloke placed $20 on the bar and said: “You’re on!”

Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy

on the ledge did a swan dive off the building, falling to

his death.

The blonde was very upset, but willingly handed her $20 to

the bloke, saying: “Fair is fair. Here’s your money.”

The bloke replied: “I can’t take your money. I saw this

earlier on the 5 o’clock news and so I knew he would jump.”

The blonde said: “I did too, but I didn’t think he’d do it again.”

The bloke took the money.!!!

****** And a few quotes : *****

The secret of happiness is to admire, without desiring.

F. H. Bradley.


The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being

loved for yourself, or more correctly, being loved in

spite of yourself. Victor Hugo.


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but

often we look so long at the closed door that we do not

see the one which has opened for us. Helen Keller.


False friends are worse than bitter enemies. Scottish



My formula for success is rise early, work late, and

strike oil. Paul Getty.



Jacqui said...

Hi Merle, the photo on Peter's site was taken at my place in 1985 not long after Jenna was born, and she is celebating her 21st birthday this year. I'm sure he will come up with the same info.
With my kids so scattered it will be a quiet day for me, it's strange but without my mum it doesn't seem the same, I don't have anyone to send a card or buy a present. I do love to be remembered though. luv jacqui

JunieRose2005 said...

Enjoyed your post, as always, Merle!

The Mother's Day info was interesting.

Hope yours is a happy one.


Joy Des Jardins said...

Some interesting Mother's Day stuff Merle. Thanks. I hope your day is the person that you are. Take care sweet lady... -Joy

bornfool said...

I was interesting to learn how mothers Day is celebrated around the world. I'm not sure that the one where the kids tie mum up while she is sleeping is very mom-honoring though. lol.

Peter said...

I don't think we would have got away with that tying Mum up and demanding presents do you?

David said...

that is a great blonde joke! Hi from california

bubba said...

very funny stuff.

jackt said...

Is it just me, or is every special day in India several days long?!

Ava said...

Thanks for sharing that with us. Very interesting.

Happy Mother's Days to you!!


Janice said...

Happy Mother's day Merle!

Why Am I said...

@jack t and Merle- hey not all holidays are that long!!...and yea the ten days festival is called navratrhi or dusshera... nav is ten and rathri is nite....its celebrated in praise of Goddess Durga...Mothers day is just mothers day!!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Happy Mother's Day to you Merle...and I hope my kids don't read about the mother's day celebrations because they'll want to tie me up like they do in Yogoslavia, and then I'll have to give THEM gifts so they will until me.

I'll leave the comment for the Donkey story here because blogger wouldn't let me access you comments's being finicky.
I loved that donkey story and the news at the beginning of your post. Congrats to the dancers...and thanks for ending my day with laughter.

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