History of Mother’s Day
The majority of countries that celebrate Mother’s Day do so on the second Sunday of May, On this day, it is common for Mothers to be celebrated with presents and special attention from their families and loved ones. But it wasn’t always this way.
The traditional practice of honoring of Mother hood is rooted in antiquity. Ancient rites had strong symbolic and spiritual overtones, as societies tend to celebrate Goddess ad Ancient Greeks honored Rhea as the Magna Mater, the great mother of everything, including the gods. She was the wife of Chronos (Saturn) and the mother of Hestir, Hera, Demeter, Poseidon, Hades, and Zeus. Her father was Uranus or the heavens, her mother Gaia or Gaea, or the earth, with whom she was often identified. In 205 B.C. her cult was introduced in Rome, where she was celebrated as Cybele during the Hilaria. Mothers day started out as a day to honor Rhea.
The tradition was brought to England where it is Celebrated In March which was the Roman festival of Hilaria to honor Cyvele. No one s quite sure when the celebration became to celebrate all mothers rather than the diety.
In America the first Mother’s day was brought about by a woman called Ann Jarvis, who was a suffragette, she wanted a day to celebrate mothers and women in general, having seen Mothering Sunday in Europe. She fought and protested for the day for a long time, but it was finally Granted as a public holiday by then president Woodrow Wilson in 1908 who signed the bill setting aside the second Sunday of May as a special day to celebrate Mothers.
Ann Jarvis was disgusted at the commercial way Mothers day was treated and she said she regretted of making the day. As florist began to advertise flowers for Mother’s Day, and even hold Mother’s Day events, Ann Jarvis began to decry the shift into commercialization of sac and important day. She protested saying, Mother’s Day is to be a day of sentiment, not profit.
Standing idly by was not her way. She took action. Jarvis sued spongers of a Mother’s Day events in an effort to prevent it from taking place. In 1930, she was arrested for disturbing the peace by trying to prevent the sale of flowers at a Mother’s Day event. Not to be beaten, in 1938, Jarvis attempted to get a copywriter for Mother’s Day, enabling her to control use of bother the term and the holiday itself. In her attempts, she failed.
MOTHER’S DAY LIE
Mother’s Day dates back to ancient cultures in Greece and Rome. In both cultures, mother goddesses (Queen of Heaven). were worshipped during the springtime with religious festivals. The ancient Greeks paid tribute to the powerful goddess Rhea, the wife of Cronus, known as the Mother of the Gods (Queen of Heaven). Similarly, evidence of a three-day Roman festival in Mid-March called Hilaria, to honor the Roman goddess Magna Mater, or Great Mother, dates back to 250 BCE.
As Christianity spread throughout Europe, the celebration of the “Mother Church” replaced the pagan tradition of honoring mythological goddesses. The fourth Sunday in Lent (Weeping for Tammuz), a 40-day fasting period before Easter, became known as Mothering Sunday. To show appreciation for their mothers, they often brought gifts or a “mothering cake” (Jeremiah 7:18) and over time, it began to coincide with the celebration of the Mother Church. Mother’s Day always falls on the second Sun-day of May, and like so many other holidays rooted in pagan sun-worship including Father’s Day which always falls on the third Sun-day of June, usually fall on the day named in honor of their most powerful god — The Sun!