Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate our mothers and how important they are in our lives. The earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. The Ancient Romans also commemorated the date, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. This type of ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. It included parades, games and masquerades.
In order to honour Virgin Mary, early Christians celebrated a sort of Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The roots of Mother’s Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Thanks to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day came into existence. In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother’s Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, she played a key role in arranging a church service that attracted 407 children and their mothers. A Mother’s Day International Association was founded in 1912 to promote the holiday in other countries. Mother’s Day has grown increasingly popular since then. Today the festival of Mothers day is celebrated across 46 countries on different dates. Custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales. In England the date is called Mothering Sunday. It is an unique and unforgettable celebration.
Mums are the greatest teachers in the world. We learn from her a brand of skills that only she can provide. She teaches us how to stand on our own for the first time, and how to face bad circumstances with boldness and determination. Our Mum is always there to cheer us on to greatness or to offer a kind word when we stumble and fall on the road of life. A mother’s love is boundless and eternal. Even though in recent times many people say that Mother’s Day is very commercialised, as shops advertise promotions and special deals for this event, there are many ways to celebrate the day and show appreciation to your mum. If you are lucky enough to still have the presence of your mother, one of the best ways to demonstrate your love is to spend quality time with her. This could be having an adventure or taking a class together, or simply grabbing a hot drink to go from a local cafe and then going for a long walk together. Making a memory jar, taking your mother to afternoon tea, planting a tree, taking her for a picnic are also great ways to show your mum how much you love her. If your mother is in the Spiritual World, this date can be hard for you, and will always be difficult, no matter how many people tell you that it’ll get easier. If that’s the case, you can remember your mum by taking a few moments to send her a prayer, and also cherish past memories. Volunteering at her favourite charity is another unique way to honour her life. Keep in mind that the love that you and your mum shared will last forever, and the lessons she taught you will probably be passed onto your own kids someday, if you choose to have them.
The most important thing is to appreciate your mum this Mother’s Day. Be thankful for all she’s done and all she has seen you through. Remember how lucky you are to be related to, loved by, and raised by this special woman. Our mums gives us the courage to flourish.