Today is Mother’s Day, traditionally called Mothering Sunday, in Ireland. To my lovely mother-in-law and sister-in-law (of triplets, no less), and my dear friends Linda, Jean, Catriona, Natasha, Susan and all the rest, I send love and best wishes from across the miles. Happy Mother’s Day everyone and God bless. xo Kim
”Mother’s Day’ is not an invention of Hallmark cards, but in fact has its roots in ancient history. In Ireland, as in the UK, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the 4th Sunday in Lent. In other parts of the world it is usually celebrated in March, April or May.
Celebrations of motherhood can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The ancient Greeks held a spring festival dedicated to Rhea, the mother of the Greek Gods Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. They also celebrated the Festival of Cybele, Mother of The Gods, at the time of the March equinox and this was later adopted by Romans who celebrated it around the Ides of March ( March 15th to 18th). Also in ancient Roman religion there is mention of the Matronalia when women got gifts from their husbands and daughters, husbands were expected to offer prayers for their wives and slaves were given a day off work.
Several Christian denominations…
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