Earth Day Gifts / February 25, 2019 / Blanche Durham
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.
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.
The event was observed by 200 000 people across the globe. The movement continued with recognition that environmental issues impacted the world and spurred the international community to work as a unit and combat its shared problems. In 1992 leaders at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) recognized their joint responsibility and planned for future projects on sustainable living. Earth Day Birthday In 2009 visionary Simon Ford led a grassroots effort on the internet. This global community focused on a renewed urgency about environmental issues.