MOTHER’S DAYThe majority of countries that celebrate Mother’s day do so on the second Sunday of May and it is today, 10th May. On this day, it is common for mothers to be lavished with flowers, presents and special attention from their families, friends and loved ones. But it hasn’t always been this way.
Only recently dubbed Mother’s day, the highly traditional practice of honouring motherhood is rooted in antiquity. Apparently the personal, human focus to Mother’s day is a relatively new tradition. In the past maternal objects of adoration ranged from mythological female deities to the Christian Church itself.Only in the past few countries did celebrations of motherhood develop the human focus.
Every nation has its own peculiar way of commemorating a special day for mothers. The ancient Greeks, for instance, honoured mothers at the annual spring festival dedicated to Rhea, the Mother of Gods, with honey-cakes, drinks, and flowers at dawn.
In Britain, children walked the roads picking spring wild flowers to give to their mothers when they arrived back at their homes. They often brought small gifts from the merchants they worked for as presents.
The tradition of gifts, flowers and festive meals has endured to become what we know as Mother’s Day.
The modern day celebration had its beginning as Mother’s Day in 1858 in America where wearing a white carnation honours a deceased mother, while wearing a pink carnation honours a living mother.
In Australia, the traditional Mother’s Day lower is the white chrysanthemum means truth and loyal love and it is available at this time of the year.
While chrysanthemums are a popular choice for mother on her special day, they are not the only choice. The meaning of Mother’s Day flowers is to show her that time has been taken to think about her in bringing back the pleasant memories.
A special thoughtful gift such as a job in the garden would be appreciated by many mothers especially those on their own. Spending time with them is what most mothers really appreciate.
The heart of a Mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. I remember my Mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.