Today is one of the most important holiday’s our nation has and so I want to wish all you Mothers out there a Great Mothers Day!

The ancient Egyptians are considered one of the earliest society’s to celebrate a mother deity by honoring the Goddess Isis. It is told that after Isis’ brother/husband was slain and dismembered by their jealous brother Seth, Isis re-assembled Osiris’ body and impregnated herself giving birth to Horus who she then hid among the reeds to prevent Seth from finding and murdering him. When Horus grew up he defeated Seth and became the first unified ruler of Egypt thus earning Isis the stature of being the “Mother of the Pharaohs”. Isis also became a foreign deity of the Romans as they honored her with the festival of Isis to mark the beginning of winter. The festival centered around female dancers, singers, and musicians and went on for three days.

By the 16th century Christianity replaced roman worship in Europe and minor Asia and the fourth Sunday of lent was celebrated to honor the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ. The church they were baptized in was also celebrated as their Mother church. The place of worship would be decorated with flowers, jewels, and other offerings. Nearly 100 years later England decreed that all mothers be honored declaring this Sunday Mothering day. *Note how similar the Egyptian and Christian stories run.

Anna M. Jarvis’s Mothers Day in 1908.

When her mother passed Anna Jarvis petitioned for an official Mothers day in remembrance of her mother and for peace. On May 10th, 1908 the first official celebration of Mothers Day took place at Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia and a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event in West Virginia drew a crowd of 407 and arrangements were made for her mothers favorite flower the white carnation to be passed out to every Mother in attendance.  Today white carnations are used to honor deceased Mothers while red and pink are given in respect to living Mothers. Nebraska Senator Elmer Burkett on behalf of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) proposed to make this a national holiday but was defeated. By 1909  forty-six states as well as Canada and Mexico were celebrating Mothers Day. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson passed the law observing Mother Day on the second Sunday in May.

So Again “Happy Mothers Day to all you Ladies out there reading this”. Now on to Part II of the story.

1964 found Frank Zappa joining a band called “The Soul Giants” and turning the R&B band into “The Mothers of Invention” insisting they perform only original music. Playing the underground circuit of California they released their first album “Freak Out in 1966. Following were some acclaimed albums including “Were Only in it for the Money” and “Uncle Meat”. Zappa disbanded the Mothers in 1969 and in 1970 formed a new line-up. Frank Zappa’s final album using The Mother’s of Invention was “Bongo Fury” which was released in 1975.

That’s all Folks!



~ by beibejones on May 13, 2013.

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