Your Mom, a "I love you"!
"The love of a mother is this feeling without borders, neither places nor time that drives us to everything for our children ...". Ken Okada, a mother of three and a resolutely active woman, expresses her emotions about Mother's Day. "Everyone wants to make a gesture, just to say I love you," just to show his love to the heavenly creature who created us. We do not say every day "I love you", everyone aspired by his life, his career, his ideal forgets from time to time to say "I love you". Mother's Day is then an opportunity to remember.
Mother's Day is fast approaching! "The love of a mother is a feeling without borders: it is a love without place or time that pushes us to do everything to protect our children ...". The designer Ken Okada, mother of three young children and a resolutely active and modern woman, expresses her emotions about her own Mother's Day.
Saying "I love you"
"Everyone wants to make a gesture, just to say I love you, just to show their love to the celestial figure who created us and brought us into the world. It is not every day that we say the precious words "I love you" to each other, each one aspired by his life, his career, his ideal, his daily life, we forget from time to time to say "I love you". Mother's Day is an opportunity to remember this, to express your love and gratitude through these words.
A gift for Mother's Day
KKen has always had little surprises from her children on this occasion: a necklace bought with dad, a drawing made at school... Ken can't go back to Japan often to see her family, so on Mother's Day, she will deliver a nice package to her mom on the other side of the world. It's a way to please her mother and transmit her emotions and feelings from a distance for the Japanese designer.
Offer a shirt
What could be more beautiful for this occasion than to offer a beautiful shirt from the Japanese designer Ken Okada? Go to 1 Bis Rue de la Chaise to get one of our original and artistic pieces. It is the moment to say "I love you" by coming to KEN OKADA PARIS ... Dear reader, Ken wishes you a fabulous Mother's Day!
Where does Mother's Day come from?
Three celebrations are at the origin of Mother's Day:
Fertility in Greek mythology
Through pagan rituals, the spring season was used to worship and celebrate fertility. At the same time, the mother of Zeus, called Rhea (or Cybele) was also celebrated during this season. This was the beginning of a day to give thanks to a strong and courageous mother.
Fertility in Greek mythology
In the Christian and Catholic religion, they also used to celebrate motherhood on the fourth Sunday of Lent: Laetare Sunday. The introit - a Gregorian chant marking the beginning of a mass - refers to the mother's milk: "Rejoice, Jerusalem! And gather together, all you who love her. Rejoice with gladness, you who have been in sorrow: you may leap for joy and be filled with the milk of consolation that is for you." During this celebration, Catholics also used to go to the "mother church" that is, the cathedral or the most important church in the area. The families would gather there in their entirety, once a year.
This Mothering Sunday was thus born from a mixture between the passage of the Introit on milk and the visit to the "mother church". In fact, in the United Kingdom, Mother's Day has long been called Mothering Sunday, in reference to this religious ceremony.
In the United States, the activist Julia Ward Howe initiated the Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870, inviting mothers around the world to unite in order to obtain peace. But it is especially Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) who is considered responsible for the international version that we know today. She founded specific "clubs" for mothers, with the same goal of peaceful union.
Mother's Day celebrated in France
n 1906, the village of Artas (Isère) organized a ceremony in honor of mothers of large families. Two mothers of nine children were awarded the prize of High Maternal Merit. The village continues today to claim the creation of Mother's Day in France.
In 1918, Lyon followed the movement born in the United States and paid tribute to the mothers and wives who had lost their sons and/or husbands during the First World War. Mothers' Day was made official by the government in 1929.
In 1942, Marshal Pétain gave a more solemn tone to the event, notably in a message on the radio: "You alone know how to give everyone that taste for work, that sense of discipline, modesty, and respect that make men healthy and peoples strong. You are the inspiration of our Christian civilization." Rather than celebrating mothers, it is a matter of doing everything possible to boost the birth rate in France.
In 1950, the birth policy was still in force. The law of May 24 states that "the French Republic pays official tribute to French mothers each year during a day dedicated to the celebration of Mother's Day". It fixes the date to the fourth Sunday of May, except if Pentecost falls on the same day. In this case, Mother's Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of June. The Ministry of Health and Unaf (National Union of Family Associations) are in charge of organizing the celebration.
Mother's Day in Japan
Mother's Day in Japan "Haha no hi" takes place on the second Sunday of May, as in most countries of the world. It is not a public holiday but most Japanese people do not work on Sundays so they can celebrate it with their families.
In Japan, if you want to follow Japanese customs to the letter, it is appropriate to get up early and greet your mother with the words Okaasan haha no hi omedetou (Happy Mother's Day!). A big bouquet of flowers is also expected to show your love and gratitude.
In Japan as elsewhere, children give gifts to their mothers on Mother's Day Sunday. Traditionally, a certain type of flower is given: red carnations, symbols of sweetness and purity. Like the peony, the carnation represents the perfect woman in Japan. Bouquets of carnations are given on Mother's Day to express love in its purest form. Carnations bloom from spring to fall, depending on the species. The petals of this lovely plant are either toothed or rounded, and come in white, pink or red.
This flower also symbolizes fascination and distinction in the Hanakotoba language. Finally, you should know that in some countries, it will be very badly seen to offer a yellow carnation, sign of disdain. The purple carnation indicates a sad mood. There are also other classic gifts such as a scarf, a bag, jewelry or a handmade drawing!
The Japanese Mother's Day is also associated with culinary specialties (ah, Japanese cuisine, you can't do it again!). In this case, it revolves around the egg:
tamagoyaki : rectangular Japanese omelette
Tamagoyaki, a staple of Japanese cuisine, is a sweet and sour Japanese omelette rolled up. It is made of dashi (Japanese broth), mirin, soy sauce and egg. It is prepared in a square pan and rolled up with long Japanese chopsticks. It could be compared to a rolled up omelette cake. Then once the cooking is over, the roll is compressed to a rectangular shape using a bamboo mat called makisu. The whole thing is sliced and served hot or cold.
chawanmushi: egg custard, usually with shrimp or chicken.
Chawanmushi is an egg custard with various ingredients such as mushrooms, vegetables, meat in a steamed tea bowl. It is a recipe that can be adapted according to individual taste. Ginkgo seed is used in most of the recipes.
But there is also :
Miso soup "味噌汁" or "miso shiru" is an essential part of a Japanese meal just like rice. However, in Japan, it is considered more as a drink than as a dish. It often accompanies all meals from breakfast and this in about 75% of Japanese.
Nimono (boiled dishes)
refers to a type of simmered cooking and, by extension, the dishes that are made using this cooking method in Japanese cuisine. A nimono usually consists of ingredients simmered in a shiru broth flavored with sake, soy sauce and a little sweetener. .
It is a paste of more or less dense or creamy, made from soybeans.
Sashimi and others
Sashimi (刺身, sashimi?, pronounced: [saɕimiꜜ], "carved body" in Japanese) sometimes spelled shashimi1, is a traditional dish of Japanese gastronomy, a culinary art attested to as early as the 15th century, consisting of slices of fresh fish eaten raw. Sashimi should not be confused with sushi, which is a variant of shari (vinegared rice).
When was Mother's Day established in Japan?
In Japan, Mother's Day was first celebrated on March 6. It is the birth day of Empress Kojun who is the mother of Akihito, the current Emperor of Japan. This holiday was officially recognized thanks to the action of the Imperial Women's Union organization in 1931.
The celebration of Mother's Day is ancient. Its origins go back to ancient Greece, where the beginning of spring was celebrated in honor of Rea, mother of the gods. Mother's Day as we know it today was not established in the United States until 1914. Anna Jarvis is credited with creating the holiday. After her mother died, she made a memorial to her mother. Then she started the campaign that made the institution of Mother's Day a holiday. Today's Mother's Day was first celebrated on the second Sunday in May 1914 (May 8).