Gift giv­ing be­gins in Aus­tralia

Gatton Star - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE - — pub­li­chol­i­

MOTHER’S Day in Aus­tralia shares the same date and the same types of tra­di­tions as the US where it orig­i­nated.

How­ever, al­though Mother’s Day was es­tab­lished in the US by 1908, it took un­til 1924 to be well ac­cepted in Aus­tralia.

Mother’s Day is widely ob­served across Aus­tralia, al­though it is not a pub­lic hol­i­day.

Apart from it be­ing im­ported from the United States, there is a spe­cial story of how Mother’s Day be­gan in Aus­tralia.

A woman by the name of Mrs Hey­den of Syd­ney is said to have come up with the idea of giv­ing gifts to moth­ers on Mother’s Day.

She be­gan giv­ing them to moth­ers at the Home for Des­ti­tute Women and Chil­dren and then started trav­el­ling around to give gifts to lonely el­derly moth­ers with no chil­dren around to do it.

The news­pa­pers kept ad­ver­tis­ing Mother’s Day gift giv­ing of this sort for seven years, and af­ter that, the cel­e­bra­tion fi­nally be­come com­mon­place.

An old tra­di­tion is that peo­ple wear white flow­ers to hon­our their mother on Mother’s Day. How­ever, the more com­mon ways of cel­e­brat­ing in­clude chil­dren giv­ing their mother a gift, flow­ers, a card, a break from house chores, and maybe lunch or din­ner at a cafe or restau­rant or a cooked meal at home.

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