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母の日は今年で100周年だそうですが、闇の部分があることをTimeの動画で知りました。創設に関わったその本人が母の日に反対するようになったとことは、あまり語られていないですよね。

Mother's Day Turns 100: Its Surprisingly Dark History
By Brian Handwerk
for National Geographic
UPDATED MAY 8, 2014

As Mother's Day turns 100 this year, it's known mostly as a time for brunches, gifts, cards, and general outpourings of love and appreciation.

But Jarvis's success soon turned to failure, at least in her own eyes.

Storming Mother's Day

Anna Jarvis's idea of an intimate Mother's Day quickly became a commercial gold mine centering on the buying and giving of flowers, candies, and greeting cards—a development that deeply disturbed Jarvis. She set about dedicating herself and her sizable inheritance to returning Mother's Day to its reverent roots. (See National Geographic's pictures of motherly love.)

Jarvis incorporated herself as the Mother's Day International Association and tried to retain some control of the holiday. She organized boycotts, threatened lawsuits, and even attacked First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for using Mother's Day to raise funds for charities.

商業主義への批判が反対の要因としてあるようですが、現在はクリスマスに次ぐ贈り物を送る日になっているそうです。

Mother's Day Gifts Today: Brunch, Bouquets, Bling
Today, of course, Mother's Day continues to roll on as an engine of consumerism.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of $162.94 on mom this year, down from a survey high of $168.94 last year. Total spending is expected to reach $19.9 billion. The U.S. National Restaurant Association reports that Mother's Day is the year's most popular holiday for dining out.

As for Mother's Day being a hallmark holiday, there's no denying it, strictly speaking.

Hallmark Cards itself, which sold its first Mother's Day cards in the early 1920s, reports that Mother's Day is the number three holiday for card exchange in the United States, behind Christmas and Valentine's Day—another apparent affront to the memory of the mother of Mother's Day.

About 133 million Mother's Day cards are exchanged annually, according to Hallmark. After Christmas, it's the second most popular holiday for giving gifts.

アメリカと日本は母の日が5月第2週ですが、国によって母の日の実施日は随分と違いがあるようです。

Mother's Day Gone Global
The holiday Anna Jarvis launched has spread around much of the world, though it's celebrated with varying enthusiasm, in various ways, and on various days—though more often than not on the second Sunday in May.
In much of the Arab world, Mother's Day is on March 21, which happens to loosely coincide with the start of spring. In Panama the day is celebrated on December 8, when the Catholic Church honors perhaps the most famous of mothers, the Virgin Mary. In Thailand mothers are honored on August 12, the birthday of Queen Sirikit, who has reigned since 1956 and is considered by many to be a mother to all Thais.

Britain's centuries-old Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday of the Christian period of Lent, began as a spring Sunday designated for people to visit their area's main cathedral, or mother church, rather than their local parish.



母の日の創設者が商業主義を嫌って反対したという逸話は、ショッピングサイトでは絶対に語られないと思いますが、History Channelなどではお得意のネタとして毎年語られるのかもしれません。。。。


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知りませんでした

ご無沙汰してます。

これは知りませんでした。(ナショジオの写真も見ました)
言われてみれば商業的かもしれませんね。

ちなみに、自分は今回母親に青いカーネーションを贈りました。
が、モノや花はもういらないとのことなので(体調も芳しくないので手入れが出来ないと・・・)、来年あたりはシンプルに電話のみで感謝の気持ちを表そうと思います。

ただし母の日がどうであれ、自分にとって母親の存在が大切であることには変わりはないです。

2014.05.11 | DIO[URL] | Edit

Re: 知りませんでした

DIOさん、おはようございます。
お久しぶりです、コメントありがとうございました。

自分も知らなかったエピソードですが、まだ100年なのか、というのが率直な感想でした。個人的には商業的であっても、このような機会があるのはありがたいと思っています。

2014.05.12 | Yuta[URL] | Edit

    
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