Mother’s Day has been found to date back as far as the ancient Greeks who celebrated Rhea, the Mother of the Gods and Goddesses, in spring with festivals of worship. The Romans also had a mother Goddess, Cybele, who they celebrated every March as far back as 250BC.
Here in the Uk we celebrate Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday in Lent and have done since the 16th century. It was a time to visit your Mother Church during the Lent period.
Mother’s Day was also the day that servants and staff were allowed to attend church with their Mother, often taking flowers, hence the tradition began!
This year lots of us will send our Mothers a gift as we’ve been unable to see them for some time. As spring approaches, bringing with it the promise of vaccines and reduced R rates, we hopefully can send a gift of ‘see you very soon!’.
In the US a carnation is associated with Mother’s Day as it never drops its petals, just as a Mother always loves her children. Unfortunately the carnation has since dropped in popularity and spring flowers are often the go-to choice in the UK.
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