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May 8th the time to honor mom

Date Posted: 2005-04-28

The tradition began hundreds of years ago when spring celebrations were made to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.

The Motherís Day tradition continues today, with this yearís special day coming Sunday, May 8th. England began the modern day celebrations in the 1600ís, calling the day ĎMothering Sundayí celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter. During this time, most of Englandís underprivileged working class were servants to the rich, living in employer homes far from their own. For Mothering Sunday, the servants had the day off, returned home, and brought a special cake to provide the special touch.

On Okinawa, shintoism believes in ancestor worship, and even after family members have been dead for a century, the family members continue to pray for them and believe their spirits are still alive. Thus, the concerns about taking care of mom.

Motherís Day in America began circa 1872 as Julia Ward Howe called it a day dedicated to peace. Howe, who wrote the lyrics to the Battle Hymn of the Republic, began holding Motherís Day meetings in Boston each year. Thirty-five years later, Ana Jarvis began a campaign from Philadelphia to make a national Motherís Day. Years of writing and lobbying businessmen, politicians and ministers paid off when Motherís Day was established in 1911, and then proclaimed a national holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson. He decreed the holiday be celebrated the second Sunday of May.

American-owned Samís Restaurant Group is committed to making this yearís Motherís Day more than just special. May 6th through 9th theyíre offering special menus at all Samís Restaurants, and will be presenting gifts to all mothers visiting.

The groupís signature restaurants, Samís by the Sea Awase and Samís by the Sea Oroku, want to honor each mother this Motherís Day, both with their holiday menu and with tokens of appreciation for each. Reservations are recommended. Call Awase at 098-937-3421, or Samís Oroku at 098-857-0839. Special coupons for this Motherís Day are on page C-2.

Samís Oroku is on Highway 331 two kilometers south of Naha International Airport, on the route to Itoman. Follow signs to the airport, then continue south. Samís Awase is near Kadena. Take Gate 2 Street, then continue straight east. As you approach the water, look for Samís signs.

Other Samís restaurants welcoming moms this upcoming holiday are Samís Anchor Inn on Highway 58 in Ginowan, Samís Cafť outside Legion Gate at Camp Foster, Samís Maui Steakhouse on Highway 58 in Naha, Samís Anchor Inn and Samís Maui Steakhouse on Kokusai International Street in Naha.

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