Contrary to popular belief, Mother’s Day was not conceived and fine-tuned in the board room of Hallmark. The earliest tributes to mothers’ dates back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele.
Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honour of Mother Mary, Mother of Christ. In England, this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called ‘Mothering Sunday.’
- Anna Jarvis, who started Mother’s Day celebrations in theUnited States, also filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over-commercialization of Mother’s Day. She lost her fight. Anna hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.
- Japan’s Imperial family traces their ancestry to Omikami Amaterasu, the Mother of the World.
- The highest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69. She was the first wife of Foedor Vassilyev ofShuya,Russia. She bore 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets. That’s 27 confinements.
- The special flower of Mother’s Day is the carnation.
Say what you may today is a day to be held in regard. And keeping in mind Anna Jarvis’ sentiments, I will skip the charade of a “commercial” gift and instead lavish my mother with some good ol’ love and care.