Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day

Cheyanna Rayburn, photographer

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Celebrating Mother’s Day can be traced back to before the Romans and ancient Greeks. The Romans and Greeks held festivals to honor the goddesses Rhea and Cybele, who were mothering goddesses. A more modern festival is the early Christian, “Mothering Sunday”.

“Mothering Sunday” was once a huge tradition in parts of Europe and the United Kingdom. The festival was always held on the fourth Sunday during Lent. This time was originally seen when the faithful would and could return to the “mother church”. This is where a special service was hosted by the church. 

Over many years, the “Mothering Sunday” tradition became a more secular holiday. Children would give their mothers and grandmothers flowers and other items to show their appreciation. The event eventually became popular with the American culture. It began to be called Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s. The first mother’s day that happened in America was May 9th, 1914.

Mother’s day is an international holiday honoring motherhood. The American manifestation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in the year 1908, and would later become an official United States holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later come to dislike the holiday so much that she spent the rest of her life trying to remove it from calendar all of the world. While Mother’s Day celebrations and dates change from year to year, it’s tradition means spending time with mothers and grandmothers.

 The most bought gifts for mothers day are flowers, gift cards, jewelry, electronics, spa, clothing, dinner, travel, music, books, movies, something homemade, and greeting cards. Make sure to tell your mom happy Mother’s Day and that you love her. Honor and cherish your mom, grandmother and your lost loved ones who are in heaven. 

“Think of all the work that mothers do in raising their children. Mothers need to be celebrated!”- President Woodrow Wilson.