Mother’s Day – A Look at the Tradition of the Holiday

Mother’s Day Flowers …..A Tradition

Mothers Day Flowers have been a tradition since the very first Mothers Day.

Flowers for Mothers Day are given around the world to honor the one woman all of us love the most.

Mother’s Day is a traditional holiday celebrated in many countries around the globe. It’s universally set aside for honoring the love and dedication that mothers show to their family. It’s most common to show this appreciation through the presentation of assorted gifts, often in the form of fresh-cut flowers, jewelry and chocolate.

Whether arranging for flower delivery, making reservations at a popular expensive restaurant or planning a weekend getaway, we all participate in this yearly ritual. What many of us don’t know are the origins and history behind it. That’s why we’ve put together this little report outlining various Mother’s Day traditions from around the world.

Armed with this knowledge you might be able to surprise your mother with a truly unique and unexpected gift. At the very least, it’s useful information to know. We’ll begin by discussing the ancient origins of Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day – Ancient Origins

Different countries celebrate Mother’s Day on various days of the year because the holiday has a number of varying origins. One school of thought believes this day emerged from a custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. A sort of mother’s day, which involved a festival to Cybele the great mother of Greek gods and the wife of Cronus, took place around the Vernal Equinox in the Mediterranean.

The holiday gained acceptance in Rome during the Ides of March. The ancient Romans also had another similar Mother’s Day-like holiday known as Matronalia. It was dedicated to Juno, the queen of gods. It was common for mothers to be presented with gifts on this day.

Mother’s Day – Variations

There are a number of modern-day variations of the holiday celebrated around the world, and we’ve listed some here so that you can learn more about them.

· Mothering Sunday – Mothering Sunday, commonly called Mothers’ Day in the United Kingdom and Ireland, has no real relations with the American version of the holiday. It occurs on the fourth Sunday of Lent (three weeks before Easter Sunday). It originated from a sixteenth century Christian practice in which one would visit their mother church one per year. This afforded many mothers a chance to reunite with their children.

Historians believe that young men and women in positions of servitude were released by their masters that weekend in order to visit their families. Thanks to secularization, it is now primarily used to celebrate and give thanks for mothers. It is still, however, recognized in the historical sense by many churches, with specific attention paid to Mary the mother of Jesus and the traditional concept of the mother church.

· Additional variations – In most countries the holiday is a relatively newer concept that is largely copied from modern western civilization. In many African countries, for example, the idea of the traditional Mother’s Day was adopted from the British.

There are many different festivals and events celebrating mothers that can be witnessed throughout the diverse cultures of the African continent that have existed long before the beginnings of colonialism. In much of East Asia, Mother’s Day is now a heavily marketed and commercialized concept that seeks to emulate the holiday we are familiar with in the west.

Mother’s Day in the United States

In the United States, the holiday was somewhat inspired by the British Holiday. It was imported by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the end of the American Civil War. It originally served a different purpose, however, and was intended to unite women against warfare.

In 1870, Julia Howe created the Mother’s Day Proclamation as a call for peace and disarmament. Howe failed in her attempt to gain formal recognition of a Mother’s Day for Peace. Her idea was originally influenced by one Ann Jarvis, who, starting in 1858, attempted to improve sanitation through utilization of “Mother’s Work Days.”

Upon her death in 1904, her daughter started a crusade to found a memorial day for women. The first holiday was celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia on May 10 of 1908 in the church where Ann Jarvis had once taught Sunday school. The holiday was declared officially by some states beginning in 1912. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother’s Day.

Nine years after the first official holiday was celebrated, commercialization had become so intensive that Ann Jarvis’ daughter became a major opponent of what the holiday had become. To this day, it is one of the most commercially successful holidays in the country.

Mother’s Day – Conclusion

When considering what to get for your mother on this holiday, keep in mind that flowers have had a long tradition as the gift of choice. As such, they are the perfect compliment to all other gifts. They make a great standalone gift as well. Be sure to include flowers in your gift to let your mother know just how important she is to you.

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