Mothers' Day Stories From Around The World

Gift Traditions Vary, But Mothers' Day Sentiment Remains the Same

Worldwide: Honor Your Mother - and Don't Forget the Presents!



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Novica.com

    LOS ANGELES, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're searching for something
 new and exotic this year, there's a last minute cure for mom's every worldly
 desire.  8,500 beautiful gifts from around the world are available at the
 click of a mouse -- direct from the artisans who made them -- at Novica.com,
 in association with National Geographic.  Fast shipping selections are ideal
 for last minute purchases, as are beautifully wrapped gift certificates.  Gift
 certificates range from $30 all the way up to the $1,000 "Tour du Monde
 Shopping Spree."
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010430/LAMFNS1 )
     MOTHER'S DAY TODAY, WORLDWIDE: Officially, "International Mothers' Day" is
 celebrated on May 11 each year, although many countries, like the U.S.,
 celebrate according to their own historic calendars.  Woodrow Wilson signed a
 bill in 1914 proclaiming the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day in the U.S.
 This year the U.S. holiday falls on May 13.
     IN THAILAND, 87-year-old Hill Tribe artisan Aphi Mina [see photo], who
 sells her embroidered handbags and wall hangings on Novica.com, reports that
 Mothers' Day is currently celebrated on August 12 in her country -- the
 birthday of Thailand's reigning Queen Sirkit.  Aphi Mina explains that jasmine
 flowers, symbolizing selfless dedication, and other elaborate gifts are
 traditionally given to mothers in Thailand on the queen's birthday.
     IN BRAZIL, sculptor Lucia Prata explains that Mothers' Day is celebrated
 on the second Sunday of May in her country, as it is in the United States.
 "There is nothing traditional or old fashioned about gifts in Brazil," Prata
 says, adding: "Brazilian mothers are becoming more modern, and most women
 prefer to receive decorative objects rather than utilitarian gifts."  Prata's
 own sculptures, including her most recent bronze, "Tenderness," serve as prime
 examples of Brazil's penchant for sleek and contemporary objects d'art.  Prata
 sells many of her sculptures at Novica.com.
     IN MEXICO, Olga Hinojosa, who creates handmade silver jewelry available at
 Novica.com, reports that Mothers' Day is celebrated in Mexico on May 10.
 Church masses and school festivals honor mothers on this date, and plenty of
 gifts are traditionally bestowed upon mothers -- with flowers and jewelry
 being the most popular presents.
 
     MOTHER'S DAY IN ANCIENT HISTORY:  Historians believe Mothers' Day may have
 first been celebrated thousands of years ago in Asia Minor, as a holiday
 honoring the goddess Cybele, "the mother of all gods."  The ancient Greeks
 honored the mother of their pantheon of gods, Rhea, and presented gifts to all
 mothers in her honor.  The Romans celebrated the Magna Mater, or Great Mother,
 with festivities that lasted three days.  Gifts were delivered to temples and
 mothers were likewise showered with presents.
 
     ABOUT NOVICA.COM:  Novica.com, in association with National Geographic,
 serves as an online arts agent for more than 1,700 artists and artisans in
 developing countries worldwide -- a tremendous online world marketplace where
 customers can buy directly from artists in far-off lands.  Novica's visitors
 read about the artists' lives, explore their cultures, and select from more
 than 8,500 handcrafted works.  Each artist sets their own prices, earning more
 than they can locally, while customers benefit by paying far less than
 traditional retail for beautiful works of art.  Novica, founded in 1998, is
 headquartered in Los Angeles with sourcing and direct-shipping offices in El
 Salvador, Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Thailand,
 Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
 
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    LOS ANGELES, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're searching for something
 new and exotic this year, there's a last minute cure for mom's every worldly
 desire.  8,500 beautiful gifts from around the world are available at the
 click of a mouse -- direct from the artisans who made them -- at Novica.com,
 in association with National Geographic.  Fast shipping selections are ideal
 for last minute purchases, as are beautifully wrapped gift certificates.  Gift
 certificates range from $30 all the way up to the $1,000 "Tour du Monde
 Shopping Spree."
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010430/LAMFNS1 )
     MOTHER'S DAY TODAY, WORLDWIDE: Officially, "International Mothers' Day" is
 celebrated on May 11 each year, although many countries, like the U.S.,
 celebrate according to their own historic calendars.  Woodrow Wilson signed a
 bill in 1914 proclaiming the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day in the U.S.
 This year the U.S. holiday falls on May 13.
     IN THAILAND, 87-year-old Hill Tribe artisan Aphi Mina [see photo], who
 sells her embroidered handbags and wall hangings on Novica.com, reports that
 Mothers' Day is currently celebrated on August 12 in her country -- the
 birthday of Thailand's reigning Queen Sirkit.  Aphi Mina explains that jasmine
 flowers, symbolizing selfless dedication, and other elaborate gifts are
 traditionally given to mothers in Thailand on the queen's birthday.
     IN BRAZIL, sculptor Lucia Prata explains that Mothers' Day is celebrated
 on the second Sunday of May in her country, as it is in the United States.
 "There is nothing traditional or old fashioned about gifts in Brazil," Prata
 says, adding: "Brazilian mothers are becoming more modern, and most women
 prefer to receive decorative objects rather than utilitarian gifts."  Prata's
 own sculptures, including her most recent bronze, "Tenderness," serve as prime
 examples of Brazil's penchant for sleek and contemporary objects d'art.  Prata
 sells many of her sculptures at Novica.com.
     IN MEXICO, Olga Hinojosa, who creates handmade silver jewelry available at
 Novica.com, reports that Mothers' Day is celebrated in Mexico on May 10.
 Church masses and school festivals honor mothers on this date, and plenty of
 gifts are traditionally bestowed upon mothers -- with flowers and jewelry
 being the most popular presents.
 
     MOTHER'S DAY IN ANCIENT HISTORY:  Historians believe Mothers' Day may have
 first been celebrated thousands of years ago in Asia Minor, as a holiday
 honoring the goddess Cybele, "the mother of all gods."  The ancient Greeks
 honored the mother of their pantheon of gods, Rhea, and presented gifts to all
 mothers in her honor.  The Romans celebrated the Magna Mater, or Great Mother,
 with festivities that lasted three days.  Gifts were delivered to temples and
 mothers were likewise showered with presents.
 
     ABOUT NOVICA.COM:  Novica.com, in association with National Geographic,
 serves as an online arts agent for more than 1,700 artists and artisans in
 developing countries worldwide -- a tremendous online world marketplace where
 customers can buy directly from artists in far-off lands.  Novica's visitors
 read about the artists' lives, explore their cultures, and select from more
 than 8,500 handcrafted works.  Each artist sets their own prices, earning more
 than they can locally, while customers benefit by paying far less than
 traditional retail for beautiful works of art.  Novica, founded in 1998, is
 headquartered in Los Angeles with sourcing and direct-shipping offices in El
 Salvador, Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Thailand,
 Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X68624878
 
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