For many of us Mother’s Day is a special day where we get to tell some of the most important women in our life how much they mean to us. For some this can be Mums, Grandmothers, Aunties, Godmothers and other people who may have had a motherly influence in your life.
We would never question celebrating this day, but have you ever wondered why we celebrate Mother’s Day? When did it start? Who’s idea it was?
The earliest history of a Mother’s Day celebration dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicate to maternal goddesses. Greeks used the occasion to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.
The Ancient Romans also celebrated a spring festival entitled Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. These celebrations began somewhere in the region of 250 years before Christ was born so they are thousands of years old. During the celebration offering were made in the temple of Cybele this is the earliest connection to the giving of a gift relating to Mother’s in history.
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Mother’s Day as we know it today
Most recently the history of Mother’s Day in England dates back to the 1600s. A Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent to honour mothers. After a prayer service in church to honour the Virgin Mary, children bought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.
The holiday was also widely accepted across all social classes. On the occasion servants, apprentices and other employees who may have been staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers. Early gifts were traditionally fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel.
The perfect gift
Depending on your own family we’re sure you will have a tradition of what present you may give to your Mum. A bunch of daffodils or tulips, her favourite box of chocolates or taking her out for afternoon tea.
As nice as these are, we think we have a better idea! Why not forget flowers and think; French, Floristry or Furniture Restoration, forget chocolates think; Calligraphy, Crochet and Computing or forget afternoon tea and think; Antiques and Architecture, Art History and Aromatherapy.
Give the traditional gifts a miss and choose something unique. With our Gift Vouchers you can help your Mum to discover a new hobby or passion and get back some valuable ‘me’ time. Make your Mum’s Mother’s Day this year with KAE!Back to the Magazine