Did you know that Mother’s Day goes all the way back to ancient Greek and Roman times? In fact, the Roman celebration, appropriately called Hilaria, was in honor of the mother Goddess Cybele. In classic Roman style, the revelry went on for three days!
As the empire fell, Cybele was replaced by the Mother Church and parishioners brought gifts and offerings. Over time people chose to honor their own mothers, as well as the church, with small tokens of appreciation. It’s said that in Medieval England, when it was common for the children of poor families to work away from home to supplement the family income, it became traditional to give these children the opportunity to “go-a-mothering” once a year. They’d bring home a special cake for their mother and spend some time with their family over the weekend. In some cases this was the only time, other than Christmas, that these children saw their mothers, so these were very-precious moments!
Here in the US, the credit goes to Anna Jarvis for instituting a Mother’s Day holiday. She had an exceptionally close relationship with her mother and felt a great void after her death in 1905. She convinced her friends to help her with a writing campaign to declare an official day honoring our mothers. They were very persistent in lobbying influential ministers, businessmen, congressmen and even took their case to then-President Taft. Finally, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making Mother’s Day an official national holiday. Today, a similar holiday is celebrated in many countries all over the world and we are united in honoring our mothers for their love and dedication.
Here’s to you, Mom!
Colleen’s special Mother’s Day menu
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