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Mother’s Day and its Counterparts from the Ancient History

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day to pay homage and gratitude to mothers and mother-like figures all over the world for their selflessness and utmost dedication. There are simply countless things mothers do for the family. It is the day to recognize and appreciate the significance of their role in every walk of our lives and to rejoice their affection and dedication. It is celebrated worldwide. Although the dates and how it is celebrated vary from region to region but in the US, it is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May. The official celebration of Mothers Day began on May 10, 1908, in Grafton, a city along with the Tygart valley river in the county seat of Taylor County located in West Virginia (WV).

In ancient times, the celebration of motherhood was already there in some forms like in ancient Greece, where the mother of Gods (Rhea ) was honored in the spring season as an official festival. It used to be celebrated in the middle of March and it involved activities like parades, feasts including meals and delicacies, and presenting offerings to the Goddess like flowers, food, and precious objects/jewelry / ornaments. At that time, the goddess Rhea was sought as an embodiment of fertility and motherhood, and her festival was celebrated by both men and women.

In ancient Rome, similar festivities took place in honor of Cybele, the mother of Gods in their mythology. These festivities were given a name, “Hilaria” and were celebrated with full passion and excitement by both the men and women. It was also held on March 15th and it included activities like parades and games with a carnival-like environment. Apart from that, it also included presetting offerings to the Goddess Cybele like prayers, chanting mantras, and even meditations. As per their mythology, it would form a sacred connection between the Goddess and them i.e. her devotees. It was sought as a way to develop a sense of appreciation and devotion extending spiritual tranquility and harmony.

To summarize the above discussion, Mother’s Day is a way to express gratitude and appreciation for mothers for their crucial role and their selflessness. This day was first celebrated in 1908 and since then, it has been celebrated every year as a national holiday, not a federal holiday (public holiday in layman’s terms). Ancient Greece and Rome celebrated similar festivals to honor the mother of gods. The goddess Rhea was honored in the spring season with parades, feasts, and offerings. Similarly in Roman mythology, for the mother of gods, Cybele, the festival was held in mid-March. These festivals are meant to express appreciation and devotion towards the mothers to deepen the spiritual peace among the devotees. With time, the way to celebrations evolved, but the spirit remains the same.

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