Mother’s Day based on the eternal Mother
When we consider Mother’s Day, most of us think only about our birth, adopted, and or our biological human mothers. I do believe it expands beyond to include all mothers of all species including plant, animal, mineral, our earth and the galaxies beyond.
Mother’s Day roots found in the maternal Goddess Rhea
For us humans its roots can be found in ancient Greek and Roman times, the origins of Mother’s Day as it’s known today in the United States dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Mother’s Day origin goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. The earliest history of Mother’s 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 United Kingdom’s connection to Mother’s Day
In the United Kingdom Mother’s Day traces to Mothering Sunday, which was celebrated long before the festival in the United States. The more recent history of Mother’s Day dates back to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers. After a prayer service in church to honor Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.
On the occasion, servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and honor them. Traditionally children brought with them gifts and a special fruitcake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel. Yugoslavs and people in other nations have observed similar days.
Mother’s Day that we know is just 100 years old
Mother’s Day, the celebration as known today is a recent phenomenon is just 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. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issues a presidential proclamation that officially establishes the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers.
Today the festival of Mother’s day is celebrated across 46 countries (some are on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well-wishers.
Mother’s Day was a peace and health movement initially
United States women’s groups in the late 1800s came together in West Virginia to tackle everything from infant mortality to disease and milk contamination. In 1870, a composer by the name of Julia Ward Howe issued a “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” urging women to become politically active and to promote peace following the U.S. Civil War, according to National Geographic. “Mother’s Friendship Day” was organized in 1868 to allow mothers of Union and Confederate soldiers to get together.
Jarvis, a native of West Virginia, organized the first Mother’s Day celebration at a church in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908 in memory of her own mother, who died three years earlier. She successfully campaigned to have the day adopted nationally, but by the time of her death in 1948, Jarvis had spent most of her personal wealth fighting the holiday she helped conceive. Note: Ms. Jarvis never had any children and many believe her fighting the holiday she helped enact was purely ego based. She apparently found the commercialization of Mother’s Day deplorable and sued groups that used the name “Mother’s Day” name to promote consumerism. She even lobbied the government to remove it from the United States official calendar.
In conclusion, there are many ways and reason for celebrating Mother’s Day. For me it has always been to give thanks, to my “Mother”, Jeneane Benedict, who gave me life and has endured my life’s pains and exhalations with me. She is always there when I need her no matter what the reason. I personally question where I would be if I did not have a Mother as exceptional as mine.
The carnation was the first Mother’s Day flower.