We all know how important Mother’s Day is to all Mothers. Mother’s Day is coming. Soon. Therefore, we are dedicating this blog to the celebration of the venerated special day, Mother’s Day, May 12th this year.
The origin of Mother’s Day
According to History.com, this holiday was first celebrated by ancient Greeks and Romans. They held festivals to honor goddesses Rhea and Cybele. They considered both of these goddesses Mother goddesses.
In addition, it was a major tradition in England and parts of Europe. They celebrated it on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It was a time for the faithful to return to their “mother church” for a special services. Over time, this holiday fell out of favor and became more secular, and morphed into our Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day celebrated in America
Mother’s Day here in America began back in the time before the Civil War. A woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis helped start the “Mother’s Day Work Clubs”. These clubs were designed to help teach local women to properly care for their children. In 1868, Jarvis organized “Mother’s Friendship Day” in order to help reconciliation between the Mothers of both the North and South after the war.
Modern Day Mother’s Day celebrations
These days, everyone world-wide celebrates Mother’s Day. Many countries have very different traditions than the ones we have here. Typically in the US, we honor Mother with flowers, candy, stuffed animals, a nice meal and a beautiful expensive card. In contrast, in Thailand, they celebrate Mother’s Day on the birthday of the current queen. And in Ethiopia, families gather in the Fall. They sing songs and eat a large feast. The feast, in association with a holiday called Antrosht, is a multi-day festival honoring motherhood.
There you have it, a short history of Mother’s Day.
Finally, don’t forget your mother on May 12th!
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