Earth Day Gifts / February 23, 2019 / Hester Higgins
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.
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.
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.