The origin of Mother's Day as we know it today is somewhat uncertain. Various theories exist and some claim that it originally stems from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece, being related to the festival of Cybele, a renowned mother of Greek gods. The ancient Romans celebrated another day devoted to mothers, Matronalia, which was dedicated to Juno, queen of gods.
Most countries, such as the USA, Canada and Australia, celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.
In the UK, it falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent (three weeks before Easter Sunday). It is thought to originate from the 16th century Christian practice of servants and apprentices being released by their masters to visit their families - possibly the only day of the year when such a reunion was possible. Those returning home often took a fruit cake with them, known as a Sinnel cake, which is now usually consumed at Easter.
Although inspired by the British Mothering Sunday, Mother's Day was imported to the USA by the social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War and intended as a call to unite women against war. In 1870 Julia wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation as a call for peace and disarmament. The day wasn't formally recognised until 1907, and was first celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia, on 10 May 1908. President Woodrow Wilson declared it an official national holiday in 1914 - a day for US citizens to show the flag in honour of those mothers who had lost sons to war.
Time: Mom's Day
Treat your Mom to a well-deserved day off and take over the household tasks, give her a book, a drink and her favorite sweets so that she can indulge and relax. If you want to really treat her, make dinner (or order it in) and rent a movie she'll enjoy.
Gift Voucher: A Helping Hand
Give the gift of free time to your Mum by offering to take care of some chores for her. Make your own gift vouchers for a range of household tasks and stick them in a fancy envelope. Whenever she wants to take some 'me' time, she can redeem one of the vouchers. Include blank ones too, so she can choose which task she would like to be done.
Home Office: Glued together
Give your mom a set of useful desk accessories, personalized stationery and a bottle of glue, tape, paper clips and a stapler. Add a personal message saying "Mom, thanks for being the glue that holds this family together. Here are some things to help you keep it all together".
During the depression, hobos had a secret way of letting others know where they could find nourishment. They carved the face of a smiling cat on a fence post outside of homes where they had been fed. This meant a kind and generous person lived inside.
Venus, the Roman goddess of love, carried a vial of precious nectar as she hurried off to see her lover Adonis. On her way, she carelessly stepped on a thorn and punctured her foot. Blood stained the thorny bush and nectar spilled on its leaves. Where blood and nectar mingled, a beautiful red rose appeared.
God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.
A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.
[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.
She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along.
The sweetest sounds to mortals given Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.