Mother’s Day is celebrated all across the globe. However, maybe only few people are familiar with the actual history of this special day.
Mother’s Day has been celebrated for centuries, and its origins are found in Greece, with the spring celebrations in the honor of Rhea, the mother of the gods. Later on, in the 1600s, Christians had a special day when they celebrated Mary, the Mother of Christ. A religious order expanded this holiday to celebrate all mothers. It was named Mothering Sunday. It was celebrated on the 4th Sunday of the Lent, namely the 40 days’ fasting period leading up to the Easter holiday. It was initially celebrated in England, and then spread to other European countries as well.
Throughout Europe, the celebration expanded to honoring Mother Church, i.e. the spiritual mother, protecting Christians from harm and offering them guidance.
But as time passed, this tradition was practiced more and more rarely. The English colonists who got settled on the American continent no longer had time to celebrate this day.
In the United States, Mother’s Day was inspired by the British holiday and became popular after the American Civil War. So up until present times, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 2nd of May. It’s celebrated everywhere including the nursing homes in Odessa TX and other senior community centers in all the states.