The History of Mother’s Day

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This article was originally published last year, so the date, May 12th, is for Mother’s Day 2013.

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What did you do on May 12th of this year? If you are like most people in Japan and America, chances are you spent the day with your mother. (In Korea they celebrate “Parent’s Day” on May 8, in Norway Mother’s Day is in February, and many other countries have the holiday on different days too). But it wasn’t always that way. In 1907, Anna Marie Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in West Virginia, and the next year founded the “Mother’s Day International Association.” After that, her suggestion caught on, and the holiday soon became the “Mother’s Day” we celebrate today.

One difference between the original Mother’s Day and the current holiday is that Jarvis was strongly against people making money from the holiday. Instead, she thought people should make handmade gifts and letters for their moms, and not buy any cards, flowers, or anything else.

So, what do you and your family do on Mother’s Day? If you want to celebrate the holiday like its founder intended, hopefully you did something nice for your mother … and didn’t spend any money!

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What did you do on May 12th of this year? If you are like most people in Japan and America, [tippy title ="chances are " header=“off”] の可能性はかなり高い[/tippy] you spent the day with your mother. (In Korea they [tippy title ="celebrate " header=“off”] 祝う[/tippy] “[tippy title ="Parent's Day" header=“off”] 親の日[/tippy]” on May 8, in Norway Mother’s Day is in February, and many other countries have the holiday on different days too). But [tippy title ="it wasn't always that way" header=“off”] 以前は必ずしもそうではなかった[/tippy]. In 1907, Anna Marie Jarvis [tippy title ="held a memorial for her mother" header=“off”] お母さんさんの追悼式を行った[/tippy] in West Virginia, and the next year [tippy title ="founded " header=“off”] 設立した[/tippy] the “[tippy title ="Mother's Day International Association" header=“off”] 母の日国際協会[/tippy].” After that, [tippy title ="her suggestion caught on" header=“off”] 彼女の提案が流行した[/tippy], and the holiday soon became the “Mother’s Day” we celebrate today.

One difference between the original Mother’s Day and the [tippy title ="current holiday" header=“off”] 現在の祝日[/tippy] is that Jarvis [tippy title ="was strongly against people making money from the holiday" header=“off”] 人々が祝日で金もうけをすることに強く反対した[/tippy]. [tippy title ="Instead" header=“off”] そのかわりに[/tippy], she thought people should make [tippy title ="handmade gifts " header=“off”] 手作りのプレゼント[/tippy] and letters for their moms, and not buy any cards, flowers, or anything else.

So, what do you and your family do on Mother’s Day? If you want to celebrate the holiday [tippy title ="like its founder intended" header=“off”] 創立者の期待通りに[/tippy], [tippy title ="hopefully you did something nice for your mother " header=“off”] お母さんにいいことしてあげていて欲しいものだ[/tippy]… and didn’t spend any money!

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The Island that Time Forgot

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[/tippy] but the [tippy title ="inhabitants of the island" header=“off”] その島の住民[/tippy] don’t know that. [tippy title ="In fact" header=“off”] 実際[/tippy], the Sentinelese people [tippy title ="know almost nothing of the outside world" header=“off”] 外の世界の事を殆ど知らない[/tippy].

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[/tippy] but the inhabitants of the island don’t know that. In fact, the Sentinelese people know almost nothing of the outside world. They have never seen a cell phone, a car or even a book.

It is believed that the Sentinelese first came to the island around 60,000 years ago from Africa. Over the years, people from the outside have tried to visit the island, but each time they have been met by attacks. The Sentinelese do not welcome any kind of contact with the outside world. Because of this, we know little about them. We know nothing about their culture, their language or even how many there are. There could be only 40 or as many as 400.

In 1974, a film crew went to the island to make a documentary. The project came to a quick end, however. Sentinelese warriors attacked their boats with arrows and spears from the beach. One of the film crew was was hit in the leg by a 2.5-meter long arrow. (See the video from the documentary below.) There have been other attempts to visit the island. But they always in a similar way.

The island is under the control of India now and the Indian Navy maintains a 5-kilometer buffer zone around the island, which makes it practically impossible for anyone to get to the island. Currently, the Indian government has no plans to make contact with the islanders, which is probably for the best.

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