This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day and many might wonder how this holiday came to be. For myself, like many others, I owe my life to my mom (literally and figuratively) and the desire to celebrate her is something I strive to do on a daily basis. That same sense of pride drove Anna Jarvis to celebrate the work of her mother, Ann Reese Jarvis. Ann Reese 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. After years of lobbying by Anna Jarvis, President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation thereby creating Mother’s Day as an official holiday in 1914.
Mother’s Day around the World
Mother’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, on the second Sunday of May and some countries celebrate it on an entirely different day. In Spain for example Mother’s Day in celebrated on December 8. In many parts of the world, the holiday is tied into a religious festival and is celebrated in that fashion. For example in many parts of Mexico, parishioners attend a Mother’s Day Evening Mass where the orchestra plays “Las Mañanitas.” In the morning Mexican moms eat tamales and atole prepared by their children.
Mother’s Day at the Rail Yards Market
At the Rail Yards Market there are many events planned to celebrate the day in many creative and imaginative ways. Our Art/Educational Zones are planning exciting demonstrations and activities (some listed here):
Live Arts Zone
The Rail Yards Market is excited to present three Art-in-the-Making demonstrations in the Live Art Zone this Mother’s Day! This Sunday morning between 9:30am and 11:30 am we welcome IIene Mara Weiss offering a delightful Paint & Paper demo alongside Paul Adams who will show you how to create a beautiful Pine Needle Basket; and in the afternoon between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm Sean Poitras will join us to create his exceptional pottery live. Be sure to come see us and experience the wonders of learning, lots of fun and a great opportunity to purchase their one of a kind creations to commemorate a very special Mom’s Day!
Local Author, Massage Therapist, Nutrition Expert and Mom,
AJ Roche will be leading children making “surprise” gifts for moms out of recyclable materials! Ms. Roche also has other educational activities planned as well! Ms. Roche is the Author of Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle Fairy bilingual multimedia eBook!
Antoinette “Tonita” Gonzales (Traditional Healer, Curandera, Sobadora, Yerbera, and Temazcalera) and her fellow curanderas will be sharing traditional indigenous healing methods (limpias, ancient wisdom, medical plants of the Southwest, tinctures, herbs, rituals, and therapy) at the Rail Yards Market this Mother’s Day on Sunday. Interested participants can learn more about traditional healing methods this summer via UNM VP of Student Affairs Professor Eliseo “Cheo” Torres during a two-week UNM summer course “Traditional Medicine Without Borders: Curanderismo in the Southwest & Mexico.”
Wellness & Sustainability Zone
The Cycle of Life is continued and demonstrated with an exciting Seed Planting Demonstration!
Performer extraordinaire Seth Hoffman will be playing his eclectic set of tunes.
Musical Acts include Roger Jameson and the Jaded Heart Band, Ramlataal and James Whiton
Poetry includes, Rail Yards Broken Glass Poetry Series Presents the 508 Youth Slam Team.
Albuquerque Poet Laureate Jessica Helen Lopez will be performing her award winning work! Other poets include; Sarahita Gonzales, and Zachry Kluckman.
Come celebrate Mother’s Day at the Rail Yards Market! There will be many vendors where you can purchase that unique item for your significant other. Please visit our website for a complete listing of events!
Alex Paramo is an Author and Co-Founder of Community Publishing. Community Publishing brings local artists of all mediums together in creative collaborations for distribution as multimedia eBooks while promoting literacy in our communities. #JoinOurCommunity at http://communitypublishing.org We are proud to be a community partner in the Rail Yards Market initiative.