Did you know that Early Mother's Day celebrations can be dated back to the spring celebrations to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, in ancient Greek civilization?
Later, Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom was traditionally a day for people to visit the church where they were baptized, although it now also celebrates motherhood in modern times.
The modern-day origins of Mother's Day can be attributed to two women – Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, who were important in establishing the tradition in the United States. A Mother’s Day International Association was founded in 1912 to promote the holiday in other countries. Mother’s Day has grown increasingly popular since then and is celebrated in many countries, at different dates.
Mothers are the center of our homes and lives, and it is hard to fill in words how much love, dedication, patience our Mothers have or had in raising us. This is indeed the hardest job in the world, and maybe only when we are parents ourselves, we realize what it really means.
Watching over our first steps, educating us at every corner we turned, supportive but exigent, our Mothers have instilled courage and perserverance, honesty and self confidence in each of us.
In Canada, we celebrate Mother's Day every second Sunday in May, and in spite of the overcommercialization of the event, take the time to turn your undivided love and attention toward Mothers, God Mothers, GrandMothers and any motherly figure in your lives.
There are many ways of celebrating this important day, from doing something fun together (dining, museum, concert) to gifting some of the Vancouver's joie de vivre gift baskets , aromatherapy sets, freshly baked muffins , delicious macarons or flower arrangements.
But the most important thing is to talk and listen her, as she tells you the stories, the worries, and the hopes that she has, and let's do that not only on Mother's day, but every day.
After all, she was and is there for us 24 out of 24 hours, every day of the year!
Happy Mother's Day!