MOTHER’S DAY HISTORY ~ THEN AND NOW

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re dedicating this Blog to all of the Mom’s around the world …. and our own dear mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers right here in San Miguel de Allende.

As we begin to celebrate this very special day on May 8th, we thought it might be interesting to find out how this very appropriate day came to life.

According to all of our research, the earliest history dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddess.  The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.

Ancient Romans celebrated Hilaria – a festival dedicated to Cybele – a mother goddess.  Yet the most recent history dates back to the early1600’s in England when “Mothering Sunday” was annually celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent. It was after a prayer service to honor Virgin Mary when children then presented gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.

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. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.

Be it breakfast in bed at our vacation home in San Miguel, a day by the pool, or an alfresco night on the town, we hope all of our Moms who call San Miguel their “home sweet home” a very happy and heartwarming Mother’s Day!