Honouring Our Mothers
|Mother's Day Gifts|
Without a doubt the toughest and challenging job there is, but equally by far the most wonderful and rewarding labour of love!
Yesterday I was treated to the most scrummy breakfast of cheese and tomato omelette with rocket by Dan and David and today a gift of a beautiful card and an intriguing book that looks right up my street. I have to wait for tomorrow to see my baby as she is working hard all day making sure other people have a fabulous Mother's Day meal out - tomorrow being our day this year for our family to all share a meal and time together.
Being me, I was wondering about the roots of Mother's
A bit of both it turns out.
As far back as 275 BCE in Roman times, Matronalia or Matronales Ferie (Mother's Festival) was celebrated to honour Juno Lucina - Goddess of Motherhood, Childhood and Women in general on March 1st. This 'free day' or holiday meant that servants and slaves were free to attend and participate in rituals and feasts at temples honouring all things feminine, where they wore loose unbelted clothing and their hair loose as opposed to wearing it up which decorum of the time commanded - perhaps the origins of 'letting your hair down?' Gifts were received by women from their husbands and daughters.
Fast Forward a few centuries and Christianity had brought Mothering Sunday into being, traditionally marked on the 4th Sunday of Lent and 3 weeks before Easter. By the 16th Century in Britain people would celebrate at their 'Mother Church' - either at the local Cathedral or where they were baptised. Domestic
|Window at The Blessed |
Virgin Chapel, Minster Abbey
By mid 19th Century in USA, both before and after the Civil War, a woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis had Mothers Day Work Clubs to promote better living conditions and reduce infant mortality through education and then post war Mother's Friendship Days to promote peace between divided communities and strive for peace.
After she died her daughter Anna held a Mother's Day in 1908 to commemorate her Mother's work and those like her, this soon became observed throughout the USA as something like our Modern Mother's Day and before long the commercial element kicked in, sales of flowers and sweets rising annually and Hallmark producing purpose made cards by the 1920's. Anna Jarvis fought against this commercialism for the remainder of her life.
Mix all of these elements together and you get todays flower, card and present fest, however perhaps we haven't strayed too far from it's original roots if you minimise the commercial side. Most of us treat our Mums and buy flowers for them and for those who are no longer with us. It seems honouring our Motherline is a natural urge that has evolved in different forms throughout the centuries.
It was instinctive for me to buy flowers for my
|A Shy Violet|
|Lily For Our Lily|
We spent a lovely afternoon chatting, laughing, reminiscing and generally counting our blessings, looking forward to our Feast tomorrow. Yet more tales were told and memories shared, weaving together an invisible tapestry of our motherline that will be passed on to future generations when the time is right. How many times must this have happened over the centuries in my line alone? Generations of women bound by love and stories, daughters and wisdom. Truly a blessing.
Have A Blessed Week