Eggs-quisite Easter Ideas Inspired by Flowers

Check out these gorgeous Easter ideas for the sewing fans, cooks and crafters out there. Enjoy and Happy Easter from the Flowers for Everyone crew!

LINEN BUNNY

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Learn how to make this super cute linen bunny decoration with a flower tail here.

MINIATURE EGG VASES

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Learn how to make this amazing miniature egg vase for Easter here.

DECOUPAGE EASTER POTS

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Learn how to make these decoupage Easter pots here.

CARROT &  HOMMUS EASTER POTS

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Do you have any great craft or recipe Easter ideas to share? Post them to our blog in the comments box below!

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Buy Mothers Day Flowers Under $70

Looking for great Mothers Day flower deals? Buy Mothers Day flowers under $70 from our 2015 Mother Nuture Floral Collection. Check out our top eight ideas below!

BOX OF MOTHERS DAY LOVE: SAVE $11! ONLY $55.00*

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A sublime gift box of pretty pink roses, gerbera daisies and seasonal berries. Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers here.

LE PETIT TULIP: ONLY $39.00*

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Sweet & petite. Send a bouquet of ten tulip stems and foliage for only $39 plus delivery. Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers here.

ORIENTAL LILY BOUQUET: SAVE $22! ONLY $55.00

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One of our best selling Mothers Day bouquets! Send a bunch of perfumed oriental lilies to mum this Sunday 10th May. Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers here.

THE TULIP QUEEN: SAVE $20! ONLY $49.00*

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An extra special offer for Sydney delivery! Send this beautiful 20 stem autumn tulip Mothers Day bouquet for only $49.00 plus delivery. Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers here.

BRIGHT GERBERA BOX: SAVE $10! ONLY $59.00*

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Brighten mum’s day with this bright box of mixed gerbera flowers for Mother’s Day for only $59.00 plus delivery. Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers here.

PURE MUM: ONLY $69.00*

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Simple, classic white flowers in a stylish basket. Send this Mother’s Day flower arrangement for only $69.00 plus delivery. Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers here.

MOTHER LILY LOVERS: ONLY $50.00*

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You can’t go wrong with a bunch of pretty Asiatic lilies. Available in a variety of colours, these long lasting blooms are the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea. Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers here.

TULIP FESTIVAL: SAVE $20! ONLY $69.00*

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Another fabulous Sydney Mothers Day flower deal! Twenty stems of tulips available in a variety of colour options, presented in their own glass vase. Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers here.

*You can buy Mothers Day flowers and receive the special offers as per above featured product for Sydney metro delivery only. Prices excludes $10 delivery fee.

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Our Fav Five Mothers Day Flowers and Gifts Online

Looking for Mothers Day flowers and gifts online for 2015? Our super talented florists have curated their top five favourite Mothers Day flowers and gifts available from our new ‘Mother Nuture’ Collection. Check out these beautiful ideas available for Sydney delivery below!

Voila! La French Pear Package: $164.95*

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Spoil mum with a beautiful bouquet of autumn tulips available in an array of luscious colours, with an ECOYA French Pear soy wax candle in a madison jar (80 hr burn time) and an exquisite bottle of Maraska Kruskovac Pear Liqueur (700ml). Made from tree-ripened pears grown in Croatia, this liqueur comes in a beautiful decanter that shows off the fine golden liquid inside. A sweet liqueur, it is full of taste and characteristic aromas, and excellent with cakes or other desserts. Serve it chilled in long-stemmed small liqueur glasses. *Plus $10 delivery fee. Available Sydney only.

Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers and gifts here.

ORCHID LOVE & ECOYA REED DIFFUSER: FROM $89.00*

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Send mum a delicate phalaenopsis orchid plant in a pot with a floral scented ECOYA reed diffuser. Available in two plant size options, this is a wonderfully long lasting gift and the perfect plant for enjoying indoors. *Price based on single flower spike. Plus $10 delivery fee. Available Sydney only.

Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers and gifts here.

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TULIPS WITH A QUALITY DROP: ON SALE FROM $89.00!*

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You can’t go wrong with a beautiful bouquet of tulips and a superb bottle of pinot noir for Mother’s Day. Choose from 20, 30  and 40 stem bouquets mixed with foliage in a variety of lush colours. The Ninth Island Pinot Noir is from an island off the coast of northern Tasmania. Exuding a beautiful bright lift of flavours, it is a delicious pinot noir which bursts with richness in your mouth. Mmmm, mmmmm! (If mum prefers white, just give us a call on 1800 66 66 46 and we can arrange). *Price based on 20 stem bouquet. Plus $10 delivery fee. Offer valid Sydney only.

Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers and gifts here.

 PARIS PINK ROSES & CHOCOLATE: FROM $92.00*

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One of most popular flower arrangements, mum will simply love this sweet white ‘Paris’ pot featuring two-tone pink roses and lush greenery. Available in two size options and accompanied by a scrumptious box of quality chocolates (100g), this is a sure fire winner for Mother’s Day! *Plus $10 delivery. Available Sydney only.

Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers and gifts here.

CHOCOHOLIC MAMMA SUPREME: ON SALE! ONLY $117*

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Send a beautiful bouquet of autumn tulips with a 500ml bottle of Baileys Chocolat Luxe and a delicious box of 13 dessert praline creme and truffle filled epicurean chocolates. Baileys Chocolat Luxe has all the great taste of the highest quality chocolate with all the rich, creamy caramel tones of traditional Baileys. Available in three bouquet sizes and an array of lush colours, these gorgeous Mothers Day flowers with naughty chocolate and liqueur treats is the ultimate gift for mum. *Plus $10 delivery. Offer valid Sydney only.

Order these beautiful Mothers Day flowers and gifts here.

 

Buy Mothers Day Flowers For A Chance to Win Great Prizes!

Have you planned anything special for Mothers Day this year? Buy Mothers Day flowers for mum and automatically go into the draw to win one of two fabulous  prizes! Order beautiful flowers and gifts for Sydney Mother’s Day delivery from our Mother Nuture 2015 Collection here.

TWO TICKETS TO LES MISERABLES

We have two fabulous tickets to an evening show of Les Miserables on Saturday 23 May at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Prize value $400! This prize is fully transferable but must be used on Saturday 23 May 2015 as per the ticket booking.

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CHAMPAGNE HIGH TEA @ THE QVB TEA ROOM

Take mum and three friends or family along to the famous `Tea Rooms’ in Sydney’s QVB for a delicious champagne high tea for four people valued at $260. The prize is fully transferable and valid for use for up to 12 months.

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Prize Conditions: Only orders from our Mothers Day 2015 Collection for Sydney metro flower delivery will be entered into the prize draw. The prizes will be drawn by Flowers for Everyone head office staff and announced on Friday 8th May by 12pm, winners notified by email/phone and mentioned on Facebook by 2pm. Prizes are fully transferable, however Les Miserables tickets are for the specified date/time only.

 

An Ode to Chrysanthe-mums for Mother’s Day

The humble chrysanthemum. Affectionately known as `Chryssies` here in Australia, these little floral numbers come in all shapes, sizes and colours. With big fluffy pom poms, tight little button holes, and daisy-like heads, the Mothers Day chrysanthemums symbolizes fidelity, optimism, joy, and long life.

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Interesting Facts You May Not Have Known…

The chrysanthemums are tropical flowers and were brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in AD 400. Japanese emperors so loved the chrysanthemum flower that they sat upon chrysanthemum thrones. Chrysanthemums, kikus in Japanese, were featured on the Imperial Crest of Japan.

Chrysanthemums are one of the most popular flowers in the world, next to roses.

A general guide to the colour meanings of chrysanthemums are as follows, however in some countries this does not apply…

  • bronze –  excitement
  • white  – truth
  • red –  sharing
  • yellow  – secret admirer

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Chrysanthemums & Mother’s Day…

In Australia, you see Mothers Day chrysanthemums everywhere for sale. The tradition of giving chrysanthemums  is most likely first began as a marketing gimick because of how the word ends in the Australian spelling of the affection shortening of mother to ‘mum’.

The tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mother’s Day in Australia was started by Mrs Janet Heyden,[a resident of Sydney, in 1924. She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at the Newington State Home for Women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women. Every year thereafter, Mrs Heyden raised increasing support for the project from local businesses and even the local Mayor. The day has since become commercialised.

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Chrysanthemum Meanings in Other Countries…

In some other cultures including Asia and parts of Europe, the chrysanthemum is actually linked more to funerals and death. “Italians spotting a newly arrived potted chrysanthemum at someone’s home are likely to solemnly ask who has died”. (2)

In particular, it is the colours of chrysanthemums that hold significance in Chinese, Korean and Japanese cultures. For example, white chrysanthemums symbolise grief, whereas red chrysanthemums traditionally symbolise love and affection to Japanese people. Yellow chrysanthemums on the other hand, are used to make herbal tea and to flavour wine.

Similar colour significance is observed in some European countries where white chrysanthemums should never be given or used other than in times associated with grief or death.

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Sources

1. http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/tropicalflowers/chrysanthemum

2. http://bloomcollege.com.au/blog/the-many-faces-of-chrysanthemum/#.VRIaBcuJhYd

3. http://flowersinbasildon.co.uk/flower-meanings-carnations-and-chrysanthemum/

4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother’s_Day

Our Top Five Easter Gifts Online Under $80

Look what the Easter bunny bought! Easter is just around the corner and the team at Flowers for Everyone have curated a selection of their favourite bouquets, arrangements and plants and combined them with a selection of quality chocolate. Take a look at our top five pics for Easter gifts online under $80 available for Sydney metro delivery below…

Le Petit Tulips & the Easter Bunny – $44.50

This gift is fantastic value! A sweet bouquet of ten tulip stems and foliage available in an array of colours, plus a cute Lindt Gold Bunny (100g).

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Easter Lily Bouquet & Lindt Chocolate Box – $62.00

Lilies are always guaranteed to please and you would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t like Lindt chocolate! Our bouquet of Asiatic lilies comes in a beautiful variety of colours and is teamed with a box of assorted Lindt chocolate balls (150g). Click here to order our Easter gifts online.

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Easter Tulips & Lindt Chocolate: On Sale! $64 (Save $20)

A bouquet of autumn tulips is just the thing for Easter. Available in purple, red, pink, yellow, orange or white, these gorgeous blooms come in two size options and are accompanied by a box of Lindt Assorted Prestige Selection (150g). Yum! Click here to order our Easter gifts online.

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Pretty Pink Gift Box & Bunny: On Sale! $60.50 (Save $11)

One of our best selling flower arrangements, this pretty box of pastel pink roses, gerbera daisies and seasonal berries with a Lindt Gold Bunny (100g) is excellent value for Easter at only $60.50.  Click here to order Easter gifts online.

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Vintage Orchid & Lindt Chocolate: $78.50

A long lasting gift for Easter – this delicate Phalaenopsis orchid plant is presented in a vintage-look ornamental milk jug and stars a box of assorted Lindt chocolate balls (200g). Click here to order Easter gifts online.

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The History of Mothers Day Around the World

For most of us in Australia, Mother’s Day swings around each year and we celebrate how much our mum’s mean to us with gifts and thoughtful actions to make her feel special. But has anyone wondered how, when and why it actually first began being celebrated? What is the actual history of Mothers Day?

It turns out Mother’s Day has different ‘origins’ in different cultures around the world. Thanks to a little Wikipedia research, we’ve discovered some interesting snippets about the history of Mothers Day around the world. It’s really quite fascinating!

ARAB WORLD

Mother’s Day in most Arab countries is celebrated on 21 March, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. It was introduced in Egypt by journalist Mustafa Amin in his book Smiling America (1943). The idea was overlooked at the time. Later Amin heard the story of a widowed mother who devoted her whole life to raising her son until he became a doctor. The son then married and left without showing any gratitude to his mother. Hearing this, Amin became motivated to promote “Mother’s Day”. The idea was first ridiculed by president Gamal Abdel Nasser but he eventually accepted it and Mother’s Day was first celebrated on 21 March 1956. The practice has since been copied by other Arab countries.

When Mustafa Amin was arrested and imprisoned, there were attempts to change the name of the holiday from “Mother’s Day” to “Family Day” as the government wished to prevent the occasion from reminding people of its founder. These attempts were unsuccessful and celebrations continued to be held on that day; classic songs celebrating mothers remain famous to this day.

AUSTRALIA

The tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mother’s Day in Australia was started by Mrs Janet Heyden in 1924. She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at the Newington State Home for Women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women. Every year thereafter, Mrs Heyden raised increasing support for the project from local businesses and even the local Mayor. The day has since become commercialised. Traditionally, the chrysanthemum is given to mothers for Mother’s Day as the flower is naturally in season during May (autumn in Australia) and ends in “mum”, a common affectionate shortening of “mother” in Australia.

 

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BANGLADESH

In Bangladesh, observance of Mother’s Day includes discussion programs organized by government and non-governmental organizations. Reception programs and cultural programs are organized to mark the day in the capital city. Television channels air special programs, and newspapers publish special features and columns to mark the day. Greeting cards, flowers and gifts featuring mothers are in high demand at the shops and markets.

BELGIUM

In the week before Mother’s Day, children make little presents at primary school, which they give to their mothers in the early morning of Mother’s Day. Typically, the father will buy croissants and other sweet breads and pastries and bring these to the mother while she is still in bed – the beginning of a day of pampering for the mother.

BOLIVIA

Mother’s Day or El Día de la Madre Boliviana is celebrated on 27 May and was passed into law on 8 November 1927, during the presidency of Hernando Siles Reyes. The date commemorates the Battle of La Coronilla, which took place on 27 May 1812, during the Bolivian War of Independence, in what is now the city of Cochabamba. In this battle, women fighting for the country’s independence were slaughtered by the Spanish army. It is mainly by schools that hold activities and festivities throughout the day.

BULGARIA

In Bulgaria 8 March is associated with International Women’s Day. The holiday honours women as human beings and equal partners.

CHINA

Mother’s Day is becoming more popular in China. Carnations are a very popular Mother’s Day gift and the most sold flowers in relation to the day. In 1997 Mother’s Day was set as the day to help poor mothers and to remind people of the poor mothers in rural areas such as China’s western region. In the People’s Daily, the Chinese government’s official newspaper, an article explained that “despite originating in the United States, people in China accept the holiday without hesitation because it is in line with the country’s traditional ethics – respect for the elderly and filial piety towards parents.”

In recent years, the Communist Party member Li Hanqiu began to advocate for the official adoption of Mother’s Day in memory of Meng Mu, the mother of Mèng Zǐ. He formed a non-governmental organization called Chinese Mothers’ Festival Promotion Society, with the support of 100 Confucian scholars and lecturers of ethics. Li and the Society want to replace the Western-style gift of carnations with lilies which, in ancient times, were planted by Chinese mothers when children left home. Mother’s Day remains an unofficial festival, except in a small number of cities.

FRANCE

In France, amidst alarm at the low birth rate, there were attempts in 1896 and 1904 to create a national celebration honoring the mothers of large families. In 1906 ten mothers who had nine children each were given an award recognising “High Maternal Merit” (“Haut mérite maternel”). American World War I soldiers fighting in France popularized the US Mother’s Day holiday. They sent so much mail back to their country for Mother’s Day that the Union Franco-Américaine created a postal card for that purpose. In 1918, also inspired by Jarvis, the town of Lyon wanted to celebrate a “journée des Mères”, but instead decided to celebrate a “Journée Nationale des Mères de familles nombreuses.” The holiday was more inspired by anti-depopulation efforts than by the US holiday, with medals awarded to the mothers of large families. The French government made the day official in 1920 as a day for mothers of large families. Since then the French government awards the Médaille de la Famille française to mothers of large families.

In 1941, by initiative of Philippe Pétain, the wartime Vichy government used the celebration in support of their policy to encourage larger families, but all mothers were now honored, even mothers with smaller families.

In 1950, after the war, the celebration was reinstated. The law of 24 May 1950 required that the Republic pay official homage to French Mothers on the last Sunday in May as the “Fête des Mères”. During the 1950s, the celebration lost all its patriotic and natalist ideologies, and became heavily commercialized.

In 1956, the celebration was given a budget and integrated into the new Code de l’action sociale et des familles. In 2004 responsibility for the holiday was transferred to the Minister responsible for families.

 

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GERMANY

In the 1920s, Germany had the lowest birthrate in Europe, and the declining trend was continuing. This was attributed to women’s participation in the labor market. At the same time, influential groups in society (politicians of left and right, churchwomen, and feminists) believed that mothers should be honored but could not agree on how to do so. However, all groups strongly agreed on the promotion of the values of motherhood. In 1923, this resulted in the unanimous adoption of Muttertag, the Mother’s Day holiday as imported from America and Norway. The head of the Association of German Florists cited “the inner conflict of our Volk and the loosening of the family” as his reason for introducing the holiday. He expected that the holiday would unite the divided country. In 1925, the Mother’s Day Committee joined the task force for the recovery of the volk, and the holiday stopped depending on commercial interests and began emphasizing the need to increase the population in Germany by promoting motherhood.

The holiday was then seen as a means to encourage women to bear more children, which nationalists saw as a way to rejuvenate the nation. The holiday did not celebrate individual women, but an idealized standard of motherhood. The progressive forces resisted the implementation of the holiday because it was backed by so many conservatives, and because they saw it as a way to eliminate the rights of working women. Die Frau, the newspaper of the Federation of German Women’s Associations, refused to recognize the holiday. Many local authorities adopted their own interpretation of the holiday: it would be a day to support economically larger families or single-mother families. The guidelines for the subsidies had eugenics criteria, but there is no indication that social workers ever implemented them in practice, and subsidies were given preferentially to families in economic need rather than to families with more children or “healthier” children.

With the Nazi party in power during 1933–1945, the situation changed radically. The promotion of Mother’s Day increased in many European countries, including the UK and France. From the position of the German Nazi government, the role of mothers was to give healthy children to the German nation. The Nazi party’s intention was to create a pure “Aryan race” according to nazi eugenics. Among other Mother’s Day ideas, the government promoted the death of a mother’s sons in battle as the highest embodiment of patriotic motherhood.

The Nazis quickly declared Mother’s Day an official holiday and put it under the control of the NSV (National Socialist People’s Welfare Association) and the NSF (National Socialist Women Organization). This created conflicts with other organizations that resented Nazi control of the holiday, including Catholic and Protestant churches and local women’s organizations. Local authorities resisted the guidelines from the Nazi government and continued assigning resources to families who were in economic need, much to the dismay of the Nazi officials.

 In 1938 the government began issuing an award called Mother’s Cross (Mutterkreuz), according to categories that depended on the number of children a mother had. The medal was awarded on Mother’s Day and also on other holidays due to the large number of recipients. The Cross was an effort to encourage women to have more children, and recipients were required to have at least four. For example, a gold cross recipient (level one) was obliged to have eight children or more. Because having fewer children was a recent development, the gold cross was awarded mainly to elderly mothers with adult children. The Cross promoted loyalty among German women and was a popular award even though it had little material reward and was mostly empty praise. The recipients of honors were compelled to be examined by doctors and social workers according to genetic and racial values that were considered beneficial. The mother’s friends and family were also examined for possible flaws that could disqualify the mother, and they also had to be “racially and morally fit.” They had to be “German-blooded,” “genetically healthy,” “worthy,” “politically reliable,” and could not have vices like drinking. Criteria that weighed against honors were, for example, “family history contains inferior blood”, “unfeminine” behavior including smoking or doing poor housekeeping, not being “politically reliable”, or having family members who had been “indicted and imprisoned”. There were instances where a family was disqualified because a doctor saw signs of “feeblemindedness”. Even contact with a Jew could disqualify a potential recipient. Some social workers had become disillusioned from the Weimar Republic and supported Nazi ideas personally as a means to “cure” the problems of the country. The application of policies was uneven, as doctors promoted medical criteria over racial criteria, and local authorities promoted economic need over any other criteria.

The holiday is now celebrated on the second Sunday of May, in a manner similar to other nearby European countries.

 

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INDONESIA

Indonesian Mother’s Day is celebrated nationally on 22 December. The date was made an official holiday by President Soekarno on the 25th anniversary of the 1928 Indonesian Women Congress. The day originally sought to celebrate the spirit of Indonesian women and to improve the condition of the nation. Today, the meaning of Mother’s Day has changed, and it is celebrated by expressing love and gratitude to mothers. People present gifts to mothers (such as flowers) and hold surprise parties and competitions, which include cooking and kebaya wearing. People also allow mothers a day off from domestic chores.

Indonesia also celebrates the Kartini Day on 21 April, in memory of activist Raden Ajeng Kartini. This is a celebration of the emancipation of women. The observance was instituted at the 1938 Indonesian Women Congress.[52]

During President Suharto’s New Order (1965-1998), government propaganda used Mother’s Day and Kartini Day to inculcate into women the idea that they should be docile and stay at home.

ISRAEL

The Jewish population celebrates Mother’s Day on Shevat 30 of the Jewish calendar, which falls between 30 January and 1 March. The celebration was set as the same date that Henrietta Szold died. Henrietta had no biological children, but her organization Youth Aliyah rescued many Jewish children from Nazi Germany and provided for them. She also championed children’s rights. Szold is considered the “mother” of all those children, and that is why her annual remembrance day was set as Mother’s Day. The holiday has evolved over time, becoming a celebration of mutual love inside the family, called Family Day (yom hamishpacha). Mother’s Day is mainly celebrated by children at kindergartens. There are no longer mutual gifts among members of the family, and there is no longer any commercialization of the celebration.

JAPAN

In Japan, Mother’s Day was initially commemorated during the Shōwa period as the birthday of Empress Kōjun (mother of Emperor Akihito) on 6 March. This was established in 1931 when the Imperial Women’s Union was organized. In 1937, the first meeting of “Praise Mothers” was held on 8 May, and in 1949 Japanese society adopted the second Sunday of May as the official date for Mother’s Day in Japan. Currently Mother’s Day in Japan is a rather commercial holiday, and people typically give their mothers gifts of flowers such as red carnations and roses.

MEXICO

In Mexico, the government of Álvaro Obregón imported the Mother’s Day holiday from the US in 1922, and the newspaper Excélsior held a massive promotional campaign for the holiday that year. The conservative government tried to use the holiday to promote a more conservative role for mothers in families, but that perspective was criticized by the socialists as promoting an unrealistic image of a woman who was not good for much more than breeding.

In the mid-1930s, the leftist government of Lázaro Cárdenas promoted the holiday as a “patriotic festival”. The Cárdenas government tried to use the holiday as a vehicle for various efforts: to stress the importance of families as the basis for national development; to benefit from the loyalty that Mexicans felt towards their mothers; to introduce new morals to Mexican women; and to reduce the influence that the church and the Catholic right exerted over women. The government sponsored the holiday in the schools. However, ignoring the strict guidelines from the government, theatre plays were filled with religious icons and themes. Consequently, the “national celebrations” became “religious fiestas” despite the efforts of the government.

Soledad Orozco García, the wife of President Manuel Ávila Camacho, promoted the holiday during the 1940s, resulting in an important state-sponsored celebration. The 1942 celebration lasted a full week and included an announcement that all women could reclaim their pawned sewing machines from the Monte de Piedad at no cost.

 

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Due to Orozco’s promotion, the Catholic National Synarchist Union (UNS) took heed of the holiday around 1941. Shop-owner members of the Party of the Mexican Revolution  observed a custom allowing women from humble classes to pick a free Mother’s Day gift from a shop to bring home to their families. The Synarchists worried that this promoted both materialism and the idleness of lower classes, and in turn, reinforced the systemic social problems of the country. Currently this holiday practice is viewed as very conservative, but the 1940s’ UNS saw Mother’s Day as part of the larger debate on the modernization that was happening at the time. This economic modernization was inspired by US models and was sponsored by the state. The fact that the holiday was originally imported from the US was seen as evidence of an attempt at imposing capitalism and materialism in Mexican society.

The UNS and the clergy of the city of León interpreted the government’s actions as an effort to secularize the holiday and to promote a more active role for women in society. They concluded that the government’s long-term goal was to cause women to abandon their traditional roles at home in order to spiritually weaken men. They also saw the holiday as an attempt to secularize the cult to the Virgin Mary, inside a larger effort to dechristianize several holidays. The government sought to counter these claims by organizing widespread masses and asking religious women to assist with the state-sponsored events in order to “depaganize” them. The clergy preferred to promote 2 July celebration of the Santísima Virgen de la Luz, the patron of León, Guanajuato, in replacement of Mother’s Day. In 1942, at the same time as Soledad’s greatest celebration of Mother’s Day, the clergy organized the 210th celebration of the Virgin Mary with a large parade in León.

There is a consensus among scholars that the Mexican government abandoned its revolutionary initiatives during the 1940s, including its efforts to influence Mother’s Day. Today the “Día de las Madres” is an unofficial holiday in Mexico held each year on 10 May, because it’s the date when it was first celebrated in Mexico.

In Mexico, to show affection and appreciation to the mother, it is traditional to start the celebration with the famous song “Las Mañanitas”, either a cappella, with the help of a mariachi or a contracted trio. Many families usually gather to celebrate this special day trying to spend as much time as possible with mothers in order to honor them on their day. They are organized to bring some dishes and eat all together or maybe to visit any restaurant. Also, mothers receive flowers, gifts, and multiple stores offer their goods discounted in order to stimulate purchases.

NETHERLANDS

In the Netherlands, Mother’s Day was introduced as early as 1910 by the Dutch branch of the Salvation Army. The Royal Dutch Society for Horticulture and Botany, a group protecting the interest of Dutch florists, worked to promote the holiday; they hoped to emulate the commercial success achieved by American florists. They were imitating the campaign already underway by florists in Germany and Austria, but they were aware that the traditions had originated in the US.

Florists launched a major promotional effort in 1925. This included the publication of a book of articles written by famous intellectuals, radio broadcasts, newspapers ads, and the collaboration of priests and teachers who wanted to promote the celebration for their own reasons. In 1931 the second Sunday of May was adopted as the official celebration date. In the mid-1930s the slogan Moederdag – Bloemendag (Mother’s Day – Flower’s Day) was coined, and the phrase was popular for many years. In the 1930s and 1940’s “Mother’s Day cakes” were given as gifts in hospitals and to the Dutch Queen, who is known as the “mother of the country”. Other trade groups tried to cash in on the holiday and to give new meaning to the holiday in order to promote their own wares as gifts.

Roman Catholic priests complained that the holiday interfered with the honoring of the Virgin Mary, the divine mother, which took place during the whole month of May. In 1926 Mother’s Day was celebrated on 7 July in order to address these complaints. Catholic organizations and priests tried to Christianize the holiday, but those attempts were rendered futile around the 1960s when the church lost influence and the holiday was completely secularized.

In later years, the initial resistance disappeared, and even leftist newspapers stopped their criticism and endorsed Mother’s Day.

In the 1980s, the American origin of the holiday was still not widely known, so feminist groups who opposed the perpetuation of gender roles sometimes claimed that Mother’s Day was invented by Nazis and celebrated on the birthday of Klara Hitler, Hitler’s mother.

 

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NEPAL

In Nepal, there is a festival equivalent to Mother’s Day, called Mata Tirtha Aunsi (“Mother Pilgrimage New Moon”), or Mata Tirtha Puja (“Mother Pilgrimage Worship”). It is celebrated according to the lunar calendar, lasting for 15 days from the full moon to the new moon. This festival is observed to commemorate and honor mothers, and it is celebrated by giving gifts to mothers and remembering mothers who are no more.

To honor mothers who have died, it is the tradition to go on a pilgrimage to the Mata Tirtha ponds, located 6 km to the southwest of downtown Kathmandu. The nearby Mata Tirtha village is named after these ponds. Previously, the tradition was observed primarily by the Newar community and other people living in the Kathmandu Valley. Now this festival is widely celebrated across the country.

Many tragic folklore legends have been created, suggesting different reasons why this pond became a pilgrimage site. The most popular version says that, in ancient times, the mother of a shepherd died, and he made offerings to a nearby pond. There he saw the face of his mother in the water, with her hand taking the offerings. Since then, many people visited the pond, hoping to see their deceased mother’s face. Pilgrims believe that they will bring peace to their mother’s souls by visiting the sacred place. There are two ponds. The larger one is for ritual bathing. The smaller one is used to “look upon mother’s face”, and it’s fenced by iron bars to prevent people from bathing on it.

Traditionally, in the Katmandu valley the South-Western corner is reserved for women and women-related rituals, and the North-Eastern is for men and men-related rituals. The worship place for Mata Tirtha Aunsi is located in Mata Tirtha in the South-Western half of the valley, while the worship place for Gokarna Aunsi, the equivalent celebration for deceased fathers, is located in Gokarna, Nepal, in the North-Eastern half. This division is reflected in many aspects of the life in Katmandu valley.

Mother’s Day is known as Aama ko Mukh Herne Din in Nepali, which literally means “day to see mother’s face”. In Nepal Bhasa, the festival is known as Mām yā Khwā Swayegu, which can be translated as “to look upon mother’s face”.

 

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TAIWAN

In Taiwan, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of the month of May, coinciding with Buddha’s birthday and the traditional ceremony of “washing the Buddha”. In 1999 the Taiwanese government established the second Sunday of May as Buddha’s birthday, so they would be celebrated in the same day. Since 2006, the Tzu Chi, the largest charity organization in Taiwan, celebrates the Tzu Chi Day, Mother’s Day and Buddha’s birthday all together, as part of a unified celebration and religious observance.

THAILAND

Mother’s day in Thailand is celebrated on the birthday of the Queen of Thailand, Queen Sirikit (12 August). The holiday was first celebrated around the 1980s as part of the campaign by the Prime Minister of Thailand Prem Tinsulanonda to promote Thailand’s Royal family. Father’s Day is celebrated on the King’s birthday.

UNITED KINGDOM

The United Kingdom celebrates Mothering Sunday, which falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This holiday has its roots in the church and was originally unrelated to the American holiday. Most historians believe that Mothering Sunday evolved from the 16th-century Christian practice of visiting one’s mother church annually on Laetare Sunday.] As a result of this tradition, most mothers were reunited with their children on this day when young apprentices and young women in service were released by their masters for that weekend. As a result of the influence of the American Mother’s Day, Mothering Sunday transformed into the tradition of showing appreciation to one’s mother. Commercialization and secularization further eroded the concept, and most people now see the holiday only as a day to make a gift to their mothers. The holiday is still recognized in the original historical sense by many churches, with attention paid to Mary the mother of Jesus Christ and the concept of the Mother Church.

The custom was still popular by the start of the 19th century, but with the Industrial Revolution, traditions changed and the Mothering Day customs declined. However, US World War II soldiers brought the US Mother’s Day celebration to the UK, and the holiday was merged with the Mothering Sunday traditions still celebrated in the Church of England. By the 1950s, the celebration became popular again in the whole of the UK, thanks to the efforts of UK merchants, who saw in the festival a great commercial opportunity. People from UK started celebrating Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent, the same day on which Mothering Sunday had been celebrated for centuries. Some Mothering Sunday traditions were revived, such as the tradition of eating cake on that day, although celebrants now eat simnel cake instead of the cakes that were traditionally prepared at that time. The traditions of the two holidays are now mixed together and celebrated on the same day, although many people are not aware that the festivities have quite separate origins.

For many people in the United Kingdom, Mother’s Day is now the time of year to celebrate and buy gifts of chocolate or flowers for their mothers as a way to thank them for all they do throughout the year.

 

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UNITED STATES

The modern American holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she had started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who had cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.

Due to the campaign efforts of Anna Jarvis, several states officially recognized Mother’s Day, the first in 1910 being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothe

Although Jarvis was successful in founding Mother’s Day she soon became resentful of the commercialization and was angry that companies would profit from the holiday. By the early 1920’s, Hallmark and other companies had started selling Mother’s Day cards. Jarvis became so embittered by what she saw as misinterpretation and exploitation that she protested and even tried to rescind Mother’s Day. The holiday that she had worked so hard for was supposed to be about sentiment, not about profit The original intention was to appreciate and honor mothers by writing a personal letter, by hand, expressing love and gratitude; it wasn’t to buy gifts and pre-made cards. Jarvis organized boycotts and threatened lawsuits to try to stop the commercialization. She crashed a candymakers’ convention in Philadelphia in 1923. Two years later she protested at a confab of the American War Mothers, which raised money by selling carnations, the flower associated with Mother’s Day, and was arrested for disturbing the peac Jarvis died bitter, alone and childless, hating the modern shape of the holiday.

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In the United States, Mother’s Day remains one of the biggest days for sales of flowers, greeting cards, and the like.]Moreover, churchgoing  is also popular on Mother’s Day, yielding the highest church attendance after Christmas Eve and Easter Many worshipers celebrate the day with carnations, coloured if the mother is living and white if she is dead.

So there you have it – the low down on Mother’s Day around the world by Wikipedia. Anyone have anything else to add about their Mother’s Day traditions? What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

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Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother’s_Day#Religion

Wedding Flowers for Dogs

In my mother’s day, bridal floral couture for dogs would have been unheard of. But not so these days!

Wedding Flowers for Dogs

Having a ‘dog of honour’ is a popular trend, after all, they are a highly valued member of your family and your most loyal of friends. But if your doggy is to be part of the bridal party, they need to be dressed for the occasion. Here are some of our favourite floral adornments and wedding flowers for dogs walking down the aisle….

Do you have a picture you can share of pup on your own wedding day? Post to our Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/FFEAU. We’d love to see them!

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Photo credits: see https://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/bridal-dog-couture/

Sweet Peas for St Patrick

“In 1699 a Sicilian monk called Franciscus Cupani sent seeds of the local wild sweet pea to his friend, English schoolmaster Dr Robert Uvedale. This was the beginning of a love affair between gardeners and sweet peas that continues to this day”. (1)

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Over the centuries sweet peas have been crossed and hybridised to create a wide range of shapes and colours, yet at a cost to the strong perfume sweet peas exude.

If you want to grow the `authentic` sweet pea as nature first designed them, look for the `Original Sweet Pea` seeds by Yates. A small, bi-coloured flower with an intoxicatingly strong scent, this darling sweet pea is truly special and brings back memories of grandma`s garden 🙂

HOW TO GROW SWEET PEAS

WHEN TO PLANT?

Sweet pea seeds should ideally be sown in Australia on St Patrick`s Day (March 17). Not law mind you, but a good guide to follow! Essentially February, March and April are the months to plant.

If you live in hotter climates, waiting until April or May when the soil has cooled down may be wise. Seed packets are available at your local nursery or garden centre from late summer. Seedlings are available from mid autumn.

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WHERE TO PLANT?

Sweet peas like sunny positions (a good six hours of sun) with good drainage. Most varieties require some support for climbing, and prefer an east-west orientation to get as much sun as possible.

Before sowing, add some complete fertiliser to the garden bed, and in the majority of areas a small amount of dolomite lime (a soil pH test of pH6 is pretty close to ideal, if it is was pH5, you would be adding dolomite). Water the soil well the day before planting and sow in a moist bed, 20cm apart and 2cm deep. Try to avoid watering again until the seedlings have emerged. When young seedlings appear, poke some little sticks int he ground to help guide them to their climbing support.

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WHEN TO PICK?

Sweet peas grow and flower during winter and are picked in spring. It is lovely to enjoy the colour and fragrance of sweet peas growing in your garden, but if pods are allowed to form it sends a signal to the plant to stop flowering. So once flowering, pick and enjoy! Picking early in the morning for the best perfume.

Once they have finished flowering, dig the spent plants into the soil where they will add extra goodness.

Note: Sweet peas can suffer from powdering mildew fungus, so use a Rose Gun Advanced to control both fungus, as well as insect pests and mites.

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VARIEITIES OF SWEET PEAS

Yates has two new sweet peas – Pink Diana and May Gibbs Sweet Pea Fairy – in its range this autumn. The former is a long-stemmed, fragrant pink and the latter a ground-covering, pink and white bicolour.

The most popular Yates sweet pea is Colourcade, a cheery blend of mixed colours. It blooms early in the season, thus avoiding any late spring hot spells. Bijou is a popular, low-growing (to 60cm) variety that suits smaller gardens. Pixie Princess is a tiny sweet pea that doesn’t need support and looks at its best in an attractive container. There are many other sweet pea varieties available in the Yates range so it’s worth checking out the autumn seed stands.

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Sources

1. http://www.yates.com.au/autumn/tips/autumn-is-sweet-pea-season/

2. http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1329106.htm

3. http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/fact-sheets/in-the-garden/flowering-plants-shrubs/sweet-pea/#.VPjzT5X9nug

4. https://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/sweet-sweet-peas/