Earth Day Gifts / February 24, 2019 / Gladys Hayden
However after the formation of post-partition India this custom though still very strong in Nepal is existent only among the Nepali and Gorkha communities in India. The reason of this being that Mata Kunda itself now falls in a separate country Nepal. This festival is born around a legend of Krishna and his mother Devaki. Motherhood is universally recognized and revered in India in both religion and mysticism. Little surprise then that the international or rather U.S. culture of celebrating Mother s Day on the 2nd Sunday of May has found ready acceptance in India.
This festival is called Pathare Pravu meaning Mother s Day. The festival follows the legend of a mother whose children never used to live beyond the first year of their birth. The Pathare Pravu Mother s Day celebration is ancient in nature and thousands of years older than the present US and international culture of celebrating. There was also the culture of Mata Tirtha Aunshi (Mother s Pilgrimage Fortnight) in North Eastern India where in April in the Krishna Paksha of Baisakh month pilgrimage is made to Mata Kunda to worship living mothers and mothers who have left the earth.
The proclamation also stated that participants would celebrate an international Earth Day to create a single community and embrace Earth s gifts. The proclamation was endorsed by well-known people and leaders around the world: astronaut Buzz Aldrin anthropologist Margaret Mead inventor-scientist Buckminister Fuller Japanese environmental scientist Y. Fukushima American senators U.N. President S.O. Adebo and UN Secretary-General Thant. In April of 1970 the world celebrated another Earth Day event. The April 22nd event also began as a way to spread awareness of environmental issues. American Senator and conservationist Gaylord Nelson had actively toured the U.S. in the mid 1960 s with an environmental awareness agenda.