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our view: Motherís Day

In this issue farragutpress has asked first- and second-grade children in our local schools to draw a picture of their mothers as our way to celebrate Motherís Day.

According to information found during a Web search, the history of Motherís Day is centuries old and goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honor Rhea, the mother of the gods. The early Christians celebrated the Motherís festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor Mary, the mother of Christ.

Interestingly, later, a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. The English colonists settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday because of a lack of time.

In 1872, Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Motherís Day.

And so, farragutpress shares with its readers this tribute to mothers through the eyes of their children.

We have themed the childrenís art, ďHave you met my mother?Ē

We would like to thank the teachers at Farragut Primary, St. John Neumann, Knoxville Christian, Concord Christian, A.L. Lotts and Cedar Bluff schools for their help in producing and gathering the art for this issue. The art is divided into school sections and the artists are listed by first name and age.

During this project, we also asked for pictures of fathers for a similar tribute for Fatherís Day in June.

Happy viewing and happy Motherís Day.


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