The tradition of Mother’s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greeks and Romans. However, the roots of Mother’s Day history can also be traced in the UK, where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in the US.
Ancient Greeks used to celebrate their annual spring festival to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Ancient Romans also celebrated a spring festival by the name of Hilaria in honor of Cybele, a mother goddess, some 250 years before Christ was born.
However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Thanks to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, that day came into existence. Today, Mother’s day is celebrated across 46 countries but on various days most commonly in March or May. In Greece, for instance, it is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well-wisher.
Mother’s Day is an actual celebration of motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It complements Father’s Day a similar celebration honoring fathers.