A day for moth­ers is marked around world

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke -

While ver­sions of Mother’s Day are cel­e­brated world­wide, tra­di­tions vary de­pend­ing on the coun­try.

In Thai­land, for ex­am­ple, Mother’s Day is al­ways cel­e­brated in Au­gust on the birth­day of the cur­rent queen, Sirikit.

An­other al­ter­nate ob­ser­vance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where fam­i­lies gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of An­trosht, a multi-day cel­e­bra­tion hon­our­ing moth­er­hood.

In the United States, Mother’s Day con­tin­ues to be cel­e­brated by pre­sent­ing moth­ers and other women with gifts and flow­ers, and it has be­come one of the big­gest hol­i­days for con­sumer spend­ing. Fam­i­lies also cel­e­brate by giv­ing moth­ers a day off from ac­tiv­i­ties like cook­ing or other house­hold chores.

At times, Mother’s Day has also been a date for launch­ing po­lit­i­cal or fem­i­nist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr. used Mother’s Day to host a march in sup­port of un­der­priv­i­leged women and chil­dren. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the hol­i­day as a time to high­light the need for equal rights and ac­cess to child­care.

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