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Mother's Day is celebrated the world over on the second Sunday of the month of May to honour mothers and motherhood and the influence of mothers on society. 

These days celebrating Mother’s Day has taken on so much significance in most people’s lives that even in schools teachers help their students to prepare hand-made cards or some other gifts for their mothers. And what better gift can a mother hope for than something made by their child?

It is really heartening to note that people all over the world are recognizing mother’s role in their lives and giving it due respect and importance. Moreover, this is also a great opportunity for certain businesses to make the most of it like those of greeting cards, gift items, restaurants and resorts.

As far as I am concerned, I would like to celebrate a mother’s love every day of the year. For me nurturing a mother’s love is of utmost importance. What could be more comforting than a home cooked meal, laced with mother’s love. And to celebrate this love I, with the help of my able team, authored a book- Cooking with Love - which encloses recipes of my mother and mother-in-law. Both of them are wonderful cooks, innovative and passionate about what they cook for their loved ones. I am sure most of you would agree there is no substitute for fresh home-cooked food! The home-cooked food carries a positive energy and when it is cooked lovingly by a mother it becomes extra special, extra tasty and completely satiating. There is a soul in the food cooked at home which the commercially prepared food lacks. Home food cooked by mothers is known as simple food, with no extra frills, but absolutely lip-smacking. Our mothers make us realize the advantages of home cooked food. That one can be sure of getting fresh, healthy and nutritious food every day. Fresh food is richer in nutrients, in antioxidants, vitamins and micro nutrients and all that is nice. Daily cooking in each house allows for variety. Seasonal fresh fruits and vegetable get consumed. Less salt and preservatives are used. All hygiene precautions are taken. Vegetables, fruits, raw dals and rice are thoroughly washed and drained thus removing, to a large extent, the artificial colour and the pesticides in them. More than anything else quality and quantity of each ingredients that goes into the pot can be controlled.

All these things are just a few reasons why we should celebrate a day for our mothers. But most importantly we should be thankful to them for we are what we are today because of them. It is because of the qualities they inculcated in us that we have achieved whatever success that has come our way. 

So, celebrate Mother’s Day with these delicious recipes, plan a meal for your lovely mothers and make it a special day for them. 

 

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Origins of Mother’s day

Mother's Day is an American invention and was first celebrated in 1908. It is popularly believed that two women Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis were responsible in setting the tradition of Mother's Day in the United States. There are some sources that say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely started the celebrations of Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. It was around 1870 that Julia Ward Howe started the celebrations of Mother's Day and asked others to encourage pacifism and disarmament amongst women. It continued to be held in Boston for about ten years under her sponsorship, but died out after that. Thereafter, her sons paid tribute to her each year and also urged others to honour their mothers.

Then in 1907, Anna Jarvis organized a private Mother's Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. It was also to improve health and cleanliness in the area where she lived. She then urged people to give more recognition to Mother's Day. Soon John Wanamaker, a clothing merchant from Philadelphia, supported the campaign financially. And now it is celebrated all over the world. Most people give gifts, cards, flowers, candies, chocolates, jewellery, meal in a restaurant, beauty treatment, trip to a spa or an outing to some resort to their mother, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers and foster mothers.

Though other countries adopted the American holiday, some of them changed the date that was significant to the majority religion of that country, such as Virgin Mary day in Catholic countries. Other countries selected a date with historical significance like in Bolivia Mother’s day is celebrated on the date of a battle in which women participated. 

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