quinta-feira, 18 de março de 2010
terça-feira, 28 de julho de 2009
terça-feira, 23 de junho de 2009
terça-feira, 12 de maio de 2009
sexta-feira, 8 de maio de 2009
Mother´s Day is a holiday to honour and give thanks to our mothers. People celebrate the day all over the world. In France, a flower-shaped cake is part of the family meal. In the U.S., most restaurants claim this day as their busiest all year. In many other countries, carnations have a special significance.Although the holiday is very commercial, it´s not a Hallmark holiday. In other words, it´s not a holiday created by businesses to make money. Mother´s Day actually has its origins long ago in ancient Greece. Rome, which copied much of the Greek way of life, had a similar holiday. So did other countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Unlike today, though, people didn´t honour their own mothers. People honoured the mother of the gods, Rhea. After the Roman Empire fell, Mother´s Day disappeared.So how did our modern version of the holiday come about?Many believe that Mother´s Day as we know it originated from the British holiday called "Mothering Sunday." All through the Middle Ages in Europe, people brought gifts to their home (or mother) church on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Then in the 16th century, people began to live greater and greater distances from where they had been born. About this time, it also became increasingly common for children to work far from home as servants and apprentices. They would often need the day off to make the journey, which also allowed them to visit their mothers and family. They would bring a cake and pick wildflowers to give as presents, too. From here the holiday was born.Americans have had a great influence on the holiday, too. A woman named Julia Ward Howe brought the holiday from Britain in the 1870s. She saw it as a way to honour mothers, of course, but also as a way to honour and promote peace. Then in the early 1900s, another woman campaigned for a national holiday for mothers. Her name was Anna Jarvis, and she sent letters to business leaders, clergy members, women´s clubs, and anyone else who might help. Within a few years, forty-six States celebrated the holiday. In 1914, Mother´s Day became an official holiday, and was quickly commercialized with cards, carnation flowers, and chocolate candy. Anna Jarvis "wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit." She also called greeting cards "a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write!"Different countries celebrate the holiday on different days. Different countries have adopted different traditions. But one thing remains the same everywhere: it´s a day to say to your mom, "Thank you."
quarta-feira, 22 de abril de 2009
Earth Day 2009, April 22, will mark the beginning of The Green Generation CampaignTM a two-year initiative that will launch in 2009 and culminate on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. The Green Generation includes ordinary people who are engaged in individual and collective activities to improve their health, to improve their schools, to participate in building a solution to urgent national and global issues, such as climate change or the world’s water crises. The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day will be recognized by future generations as a turning point for all people worldwide and will mark the beginning of a new era of personal, corporate, and government responsibility for preserving the Earth.Under the umbrella of The Green GenerationTM, thousands of events are currently being planned in schools, communities, villages, towns and cities around the world.The Green GenerationTM is open to everyone. Learn more about the Earth Day 2009 and The Green Generation CampaignTM: www.earthday.net/earthday2009