This weekend we have Earth Hour on Saturday at 8.30 – 9.30pm and Mothering Sunday. And I think I have found the link between the two…
Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent, not to be confused with the American festival Mothers’ Day. Historically it was expected in the middle of Lent that people would return to their home or ‘mother’ church, the main church or cathedral of the area.
This became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away from home as domestic servants returned home to see their families. As they walked home along the lanes, the children would pick wild flowers to give to their mother as a gift.
Mother Earth in Greek mythology is known as Gaia and is one of the Greek deities. Gaia is the ancestral mother of all life. Her equivalent in the Roman Gods was Terra. Mother earth is the personification of nature, giving and sustaining life. She is very precious, the only place we humans can call home and we really are not looking after her very well. This is where Earth Hour comes in.
Earth Hour is an annual worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their lights for one hour to symbolise their concern about the planet. It started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then, it has grown to include more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour now engages a large community on a wide range of environmental issues. On Saturday evening why not turn off the lights and the TV, put down your electronic devices, light some candles, play games and chat for an hour? It’ll even save you some money on your electricity bill.
And what about an Earth Mother? The woman that is well connected to her children and nature… now I think about it, the links abound!
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