The earliest history of Mother's Day dates back to the annual spring festival that the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks would honour Rhea, the wife of Cronus and the mother of many Greek deities in mythology. Ancient Romans celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. This celebration was made on the Ides of March where offerings were made in the temple of Cybele. The celebration would last for three days and included processions, games and masquerades. So notorious were these celebrations that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.
Early Christians celebrated on the fourth Sunday of lent in honour of the mother church, this was then expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday. After a prayer service in Church to celebrate the Virgin Mary, children would bring flowers and gifts to pay tribute to their own mothers. Servants, apprentices and other employees away from home would be given the day off to visit their own mothers. Traditionally a special fruit cake or fruit filled pastry was given called a Simnel. Mothering Buns were also made to celebrate, these sweet buns were topped with pink or white icing and covered in hundreds and thousands. In the North and Scotland “Carlings” were made which were pancakes made of steeped peas that were fried in butter.
"A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take – Cardinal Mermillod"
The meaning of being a mother is virtually endless. A mother is a protector, disciplinarian and friend. A mother is a selfless, loving person who will sacrifice many of their wants and needs for the wants and needs of others. A mother works hard to give their child knowledge, skills and abilities so that they can grow into a wonderful adult. Being a mother is perhaps the hardest, most rewarding job a woman will ever experience. So it is only right that we should honour them and maybe we need to show it more than just one day of the year.
Don't forget that it may not just be your birth mother that you need to honour. For many it is their grandmother, aunt or eldest sister that has actually brought them up. For me a mother is someone who treats you like their own child, they are there when you need to talk. You can talk to them during your good and bad times. They are someone who loves you unconditionally and you are grateful to have in your life. Even when upset, just seeing their face or hearing their voice calms you down, just talking to them brightens your day. They try to keep you out of trouble and aren't afraid to address your wrong doings. Even when you do something to anger them they can't stay mad for long as they love you too much. They will risk everything to make sure you are safe. They are your guide in life and probably your most favourite person in the world.
So let's say Thank You for all they have done, for instance you could:
You need to show your mother you love her regularly, not just one day of the year.
This may well be a time of year when you miss your mum or a female relative so call one of our dedicated clairvoyants at TheCircle who can make that connection for you on this special day.
PUBLISHED: 23 February 2015