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Happy Mother’s day

Over the years, the reason for dedicating one day in a year to love and cherish your mom with gifts has change from one reason to another.
According to the mothering Sunday official website, during the seventeenth century, England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday", celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent (also known as Mid-Lent Sunday). "Mothering Sunday" honoured the mothers of England. As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honour the "Mother Church”, the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm.
Over time the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration. People began honouring their mothers as well as the church. During this time many of the England's poor worked as servants for the wealthy.
Traditionally, Mothering Sunday was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
Today Mothering Sunday is a day when children give flowers and cards to their mothers


According to others, The first Mother's Day observance was a church service honouring Mrs. Anna Reese Jarvis on May 10, 1908 Carnations, her mother's favourite flowers, were supplied at that first service by Miss Jarvis. White carnations were chosen because they represented the sweetness, purity and endurance of mother love.  Red carnations, in time, became the symbol of a living mother. White carnations signify that one's mother has died.
Some historians claim that the predecessor of the Mother's Day holiday was the ancient spring festival dedicated to mother goddesses.  In the ancient Greek empire the spring festival honoured Rhea, wife of Cronus and mother of the gods and goddesses.  In Rome the most significant Mother's Day-like festival was dedicated to the worship of Cybele, another mother goddess.  Ceremonies in her honour began some 250 years before Christ was born.  This Roman religious celebration, known as Hilaria, lasted for three days - from March 15 to 18!


Over the years, it has been observed that Mother’s Day is a popular occasion celebrated across the World. It has also been observed that this day differs in some countries. In the UK for example, Mother’s day is being celebrated on the 4th Sunday of lent, while the USA celebrates it on the second Sunday of May. 
Whatever the reasons or the dates are, one thing is for sure, Mothers are very important and play a key role in our lives. Apart from loving and celebrating them every day, it is important to put one day aside, when you join the rest of the world to celebrate and thank God in unity for the life of your Mother.
Happy Mother’s day to all the Mothers, it does not matter if you have a child or not because God made every woman a mother!
Hope you have a special recipe for your mums...here is one for you from http://www.fashioncooking.fr 

White Tiep bou Dien (Senegalese rice with fish) from
Prep: 25min
Cooking: 45mn
Serves 4
- 1 large prepared thiof(Senegalese fish known for its firm and fine flesh)
- 2 cups and 1 / 2 (500g) of Wolof rice
- 1 onion
- 1 big tomato
- 10cl of sunflower oil
- 1 large or 2 medium yet (kind of sea snail which gives the Tiep its peculiar taste)
- 200g fresh white bissap (hibiscus flower)
- 2 carrots
- 1 small white cabbage
- 1/2 aubergine
- 1 turnip
- 1 small chili
- ground pepper
- 1 vegetable stock
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 small bunch parsley
Pre-cook the rice by steaming it for 5 minutes.
Grate the onion and tomato. In a casserole, heat oil and saute the onion and tomatoes over high heat for 5 minutes.
Peel carrots and cut into 2 lengthwise. Rinse the cabbage and cut it lengthwise. Rinse the eggplant half and cut in 2. Peel turnips and cut in 2.
Pour three glasses of water in the pan over the onions and tomatoes. Add tiep, cabbage, carrots, eggplant, bissap and 2 pinches of pepper. Simmer 5 minutes.
Prepare the stuffing for the fish: Grate the garlic and chop the parsley. Mix garlic, parsley, vegetable stock and 3 pinches of pepper. Cut the head and tail of the fish and then open it lengthwise and insert the stuffing.
Add the fish in the pan by gently placing it flat on the vegetables so that it does not lose its stuffing. Add pepper and turnip. Simmer 15 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, remove fish and vegetables (leaving only the bissap) and put them in a dish. Cover the vegetables with 2 or 3 ladles of juice and reserve. Add the rice in the remaining vegetable juice and cook rice for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through.
Cool vegetables and rice separately and warm in the microwave or steam it before serving



Some of our fans sent special messages to their mums and we’ll love to share some of them with you.
Mary-Louise from France
“Merci maman, tu est vraiment la plus puissante”
Akonte from Cameroon
“mami i love you so much, no one can play the role you did in my life, i will forever remain grateful”
Peter from Italy
“Mum, I remember the trouble you went through to make me who I am today. I love you so much and want to wish you a wonderful day”
Delphine from Coventry UK
“mboboooo, what can i say today? I say it every day but I want to put it down in a special way just for you-You are one and unique, you are my only only mum”
Jean from Liverpool
“Mami Catar, What can I say? Have fun today and enjoy the gifts in your closet”


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