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2011 Mother’s Day Google Doodle: Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to Moms everywhere! Google Doodle has been posted today around the world that are celebrating mothers, including Australia, New Zealand, India, and many more.

This year’s doodle is in the purple color with the flower replacing the “l”. The Doodle previously appeared in countries including Spain and Portugal, which celebrated Mother’s Day on the first Sunday in May — the same day Google’s World Fair logo appeared for the majority of the world.

Google doodle: Mother's Day 2011

“The modern Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April, or May as a day to honor mothers and motherhood.

Father’s Day is the corresponding day for fathers.”

In most countries, Mother’s Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it has evolved in America. When it was adopted by other countries and cultures, it was given different meanings, associated to different events (religious, historical or legendary), and celebrated in a different date or dates.

Some countries already had existing celebrations honoring motherhood, and their celebrations have adopted several external characteristics from the US holiday, like giving carnations and other presents to your own mother.

The extent of the celebrations varies greatly. In some countries, it is potentially offensive to one’s mother not to mark Mother’s Day. In others, it’s a little-known festival celebrated mainly by immigrants, or covered by the media as a taste of foreign culture (compare the celebrations of Diwali in the UK and the United States).

In the Catholic Church, the holiday is strongly associated with reverencing the Virgin Mary.

In Hindu tradition it’s called “Mata Tirtha Aunshi” or “Mother Pilgrimage fortnight”, and it’s celebrated in countries with Hindu population, especially in Nepal. It’s celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Baisakh i.e. April/May. This holiday is based in Hindu religion and it pre-dates the creation of the Western-inspired holiday by at least a few centuries.

Some Islamic scholars have published fatwas against dedicating a single day to honor mothers, which detracts from honoring them year round as ordered by the Quran. [Wikipedia]

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