The May 1st is with the US Mother Goose Day or National Mother Goose Day – often only briefly Mother Goose Day quite magical. The following lines shed light on what this is all about and why this event deserves a permanent place in the calendar of curious holidays from around the world.
Who Started National Mother Goose Day?
In contrast to many other curious holidays and action days from the United States or contributions from the calendar of literary holidays, the origins and background of the National Mother Goose are relatively well documented.
Specifically, the initiative for today’s Mother Goose Day goes back to the American author Gloria T. Delamar and the year 1987. In the meantime, the activities are also coordinated or advertised by the so-called Mother Goose Society (see also the list of further links below).
Why does Mother Goose’s Day of Honor fall on May 1st?
While the National Mother Goose Society’s official website does not provide an explicit reference to the reasoning for the date chosen, one is certainly not completely off the mark if one considers the publication date of Delamar’s book Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature (1987).
Whether it beyond a substantive connection to also committed today US Day of Batman debuts (Batman Day Engl.), The Finnish Spring Festival Vappu, the day of the Lei in Hawaii (Lei Day) or the International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day (English: International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day), unfortunately, I could not find out in the course of research.
Fairy tale know-how: what you should know about mother goose
Mother Goose is known and loved as a literary figure, especially in the Anglo-Saxon-speaking area from numerous nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Expression of this popularity are among other things the so-called Mother Goose rhymes (German mother goose rhymes), which have established themselves as an independent generic name for nursery rhymes.
The figure, usually portrayed as an older farmer’s wife with a high pointed hat or a goose with a cap, owes its popularity to the collection of fairy tales, Histories or Tales of Past Times, published by Robert Samber in 1729 .
Samber only acted as the first translator of the Histoires ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités – Contes de ma mère l’Oye , published in 1697 by the French Charles Perrault under the name of his son . The book brought together eight well-known European fairy tales, including the following stories (in alphabetical order):
- Cinderella (French Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de verre),
- Bluebeard (French La Barbe bleüe),
- Puss in Boots (franz- Le Maistre Chat, ou le Chat botté),
- Little Thumb (French: Le Petit Poucet),
- Sleeping Beauty (French Bois dormant),
- Mrs. Holle (French Les Fées),
- Riquet with the forelock (French Riquet à la Houppe) and
- Little Red Riding Hood (French La Belle au petit chaperon rouge).
Against this background, however, it is interesting that the text collection then became known primarily through the subtitle of the French original “Contes de ma mère l’Oye” (Tales of Mother Goose).
With this in mind: Have a great National Mother Goose Day to all of you.