I never know what to write when it comes to Mother’s Day. So this year I thought that a bit of the history of Mother’s Day would be appropriate.
Celebrations of mothers and mother-hood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday” when a special church service was held. This was once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and Europe. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930’s.
The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. The roots of modern American Mother’s Day date back to the 19th century when Jarvis helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs to teach women how to properly care for their children. Now you know how it all came about.
In this season of celebrating mothers and the divine feminine let us remember all those that have been “like a Mother to us”. While we traditionally remember our birth-mother there are others in our lives that have been like a mother to us. They may have been a teacher, mentor, aunt or friend. Take the time to honor them. Send them a note and yes it could be by email it doesn’t have to be a card from Hallmark. I’m sure they will appreciate hearing from you. (Well goodness I guess I did have something to say.)