Mother’s Day as we all know is a celebration of our Mums and all they are known for, is a day to show love, gratitude and appreciation to all wonderful mums everywhere, It is seen in different forms throughout the world.

They say that it has dated back as far as the ancient Greeks when they would celebrate Rhea, the Mother of the Gods and Goddesses, every spring with festivals of worship. The Romans also celebrated a mother Goddess, Cybele, every March as far back as 250BC.

The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting mums with flowers, cards and other gifts.

Mothering Sunday began with a religious purpose. Held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary. Such celebrations required people to visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral in a family’s area.

The spread of Christianity throughout Europe in the 16th century increased the celebrations and firmly put Mothering Sunday on the calendar. It was believed to be essential for people to return to their home ‘mother’ church to make it a true family honoured occasion. The gatherings reunited families and gave children who worked as domestic servants, or as apprentices away from home (from as early as ten years old), the opportunity to have the day off to join their family and see their mother.

By the 1920s the custom of keeping Mothering Sunday had tended to lapse in most of Europe.

Mothering Sunday in the UK has now become a large celebration with ‘Afternoon Teas’ being one of the most popular things to buy Mum and popular venues sold old months ahead.

Source: From You To Me

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