Earth Day Gifts / February 23, 2019 / Helena Ball
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.
Mainstream Americans talked about recycling and conservation. In the 1980 s many people recycled within their neighborhood recycling programs. People s awareness of their ecological responsibility became part of their lives and actions. Children learned the importance of taking care of their environment; they were taught to care for the earth and its animals. The iconic Smokey Bear (originated in the mid 1940 s) featured poster slogans like "If not you who?" and "Only you can prevent forest fires. We can t." Americans seemed to step-up to their roles as Earth trustees. In the 1990 s recycling programs reduced overall waste by twenty percent. With people and government taking responsibility companies followed suit.
People in India have recognized motherhood and the power of motherhood in many religious forms including the form of traditional Hindu Goddesses. Especially in eastern and central parts of the country the worship of Durga or Kali or other forms of the Mother like Basanti or Jagaddhatri form principal social and religious occasions. Hindu festivals related to Mother worship are of a much greater magnitude than the worship of any male deity except the major deities like Shiva or Vishnu or major avatars of the Hindu pantheon like Rama or Krishna. It is interesting to note that among the Parvi community of Konkan and Mumbai regions of Western India there is an indigenous time-honored culture of celebrating Mother s Day in August.