Ever wonder where Mother’s Day came from? Almost every country in the world has their own version of Mother’s Day, but most Western countries celebrate it in May. So, where did it originate from? Read on to find out more.
Celebrations in ancient Greece
In the northern hemisphere, May is in the spring time. Thus, the earliest version of Mother’s Day was the celebration which happened in ancient Greece during spring. This annual festival was dedicated to goddesses and honoured Rhea, the mother of many of Greece’s most well-known gods.
The Christian celebration
Early Christians had a version of Mother’s Day which was essentially a Sunday when they celebrated the Virgin Mary. In the United Kingdom, this holiday soon was changed to celebrate all mothers and became what is now known as Mothering Sunday. This version of Mother’s Day differs from the US and South Africa (as well as other countries) in that it is celebrated in March rather than May.
Mother’s Day today
Nowadays, Mother’s Day is all about celebrating our mothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-law. We buy special gifts, make cards and surprise our Moms with breakfast in bed. It’s a chance to give Moms the “day off” and let them relax.
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