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May 1

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May 5
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May 5
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May 14

Mother's Day On The Net
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Origin of Mother's Day

May 22
Victoria Day

  May 22
Victoria Day

May 29
Memorial Day

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Sun enters Gemini
May 20, 1:50 pm EDT

Flighty Geminis?


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The Origin of Mother's Day

Mother's Day began during the middle ages in Europe as "Mothering Sunday". During this time a young person would leave their home to learn their trade as an apprentice. A few weeks before Easter celebrations many of these young people would return to their homes and families. This was known as "going a-mothering." Upon the Sunday after their return the family would go to church and offer gifts to both their mothers and the church. This day became known as Mothering Sunday. This tradition has endured to become Mother's Day.

The House of Representatives in May, 1913, unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the President, his Cabinet, members of Congress, and all officials of the federal government to wear a white carnation on Mother's Day. Congress passed another Joint Resolution May 8, 1914, designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. The U.S. flag is to be displayed on government buildings and at people's homes "as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country." President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making Mother's Day an official national holiday.

Today, Mother's Day is celebrated in the United States on the second Sunday in May. Mother's Day has become an international holiday when we honor all the mothers in our lives with love, gratitude and respect.



Gemini - The Curious One

Gemini is the third Sign of the Zodiac, the Element of Air, Mutable, ruled by Mercury (Hermes), the Messenger God. Geminis approach the world through the intellect. They excel at gathering and disseminating information, therefor, are great communicators. Keenly interested in everything, they can flit from one subject to the next - and this can be one of their flaws - inconsistency and flightiness. They need to develop more stability and a "stick-to-it-iveness". Imagination is rich and they never stop learning, but as their symbol, The Twins, they can very dual in nature - and you never know which twin will pop up! Restlessness is high, especially if there is a strong Uranian influence, and they need to keep busy.

Words and logic are how one gets to a Gemini - or any Air sign native. Being Mutable, they have the ability to adapt to any situation. Highly nervous, they may talk with their hands, and may suffer from nervous disorders. It is important for them to take time each day to clear their minds, which will prevent frayed nerves.

Gemini's colors are lemon yellow, slate blue, violet, and purple; their gem is the agate; their metal is mercury.

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Memorial Day Origins

Originally called Decoration Day, this is a US holiday of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. The holiday was first proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General John Logan in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30th, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers (US Civil War). The South refused to acknowledge Decoration Day, honoring their dead on different days until after World War I. It is now celebrated in almost every state on the last Monday in May. [TOP]



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