History of Mother’s Day

Lauren Stocker

The history of Mother’s day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. The earliest history of Mother’s Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks had dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Ancient Romans also celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria, Hilaria was dedicated to a mother goddess named Cybele. The celebration lasted three days and had lots of games and masquerades.

Mother’s day in the United States is usually held on the second monday of may. Mother’s day is celebrated today for mother figures to show how much we really appreciate motherhood. Many people give gifts such as flowers, sweets, cards, or a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures such as stepmoms, foster moms, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. We celebrate mother’s day today for showing our gratitude and appreciation for the strong women that were put in our lives.


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