The earliest Mother's Day celebrations are rooted from the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.
In the 1600's, England’s early Christians celebrated a day to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. This holiday was later expanded through a religious order to include all mothers, and was aptly named Mothering Sunday. It was celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter).
On Mothering Sunday, the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the Mothering Cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.
Modern Day Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day, as we know it today, is attributed to the efforts of Julia Ward Howe (an American Civil War by social activist) and Anna Jarvis (a spinster who took care of her ailing mother).
Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world, though the exact date varies depending on which country you’re at. Most countries observe it every second Sunday of May. Others celebrate it on the first Sunday of May, or some other dates within May. In some countries it is even celebrated on entirely different dates of the year.
But which ever date you’ll observe Mother’s Day, it is the day to honor all mothers and thank them for all the wonderful things they’ve done for us.
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