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Celebrating Mother’s Day In Costa Rica

Mother’s Day Celebrated In August In Costa Rica

Costa Rica Mother's DayAs most of North America celebrates Mother’s Day today, Costa Ricans don’t celebrate until August 15th.  Although the dates vary, the meaning behind Mother’s Day is the same across all cultures, a chance to honor of of the most important person in one’s life, your mother.

In Costa Rica, Mother’s Day is considered a National Holiday with government offices such as banks, schools and offices closed. Only retail stores and restaurants are open to take advantage of gift buying. Similar to North American tradition, mothers are showered with gifts and flowers on this special day and unlike North American tradition which ensures Mother’s Day falls on a Sunday, Costa Rica celebrates Mother’s Day on the day that it falls on.

The history of Mother’s Day can be traced back to the ancient Greeks who celebrated Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. In the 1600′s, the early English Christians celebrated Mary, the mother of Christ. The tradition was expanded and called Mothering Sunday, which was celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent. Most would have the day off and enjoyed a mothering cake. The tradition was eventually discontinued.

In the United States, Mother’s Day can be traced back to after the American Civil War. It is suggested that Julia Ward Howe who was known for being a social activist and who wrote the words to The Battle hymn of the Republic was the first person to instigate Mother’s Day. It is believed that the death and destruction by the Civil war inspired the activist to issue a peace manifesto which was later referred to as the Mother’s Day Peace Proclamation. Focussing on  women to spear head the peace initiative, Ms. Ward promoted the Mother’s Day for Peace. The second Sunday of June was established as a Mother’s Peace Day and the day was observed for ten years.

Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis in the 1900′s continued Julia Ward’s work and established the Mothers Friendship Day. Her focus was to rally for better sanitary conditions for women after the civil war. Ms. Reeves taught women basic sanitation practices and nursing skills which saved thousands of lives. It was her daughter, Anna Jarvis who eventually introduced Mother’s Day as we know it today. She campaigned to erect an International Mother’s Day Shrine in West Virginia and the rest is history.

Mother’s Day Celebrated Worldwide

The practice of honoring mother’s caught on and spread to over 45 states in the United States. The observance eventually crossed into Canada, Mexico, South America and even into Africa, China and Japan. In the United States, the second Sunday of the month of May was established as Mother’s Day. Regardless of whether you celebrate Mother’s Day today or in Costa Rica in August, the day honors mothers. It is a day to acknowledge what your mother has done for you, and how much mothers contribute to your life. Madres Feliz Día!!!!

 

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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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