The history of Mother’s Day goes back to the times of ancient Greeks, who held festivities to honour Rhea, the mother of the gods.
The early Christians in celebrated the Mother’s festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honour Mary, the mother of Christ. Interestingly, later on a religious order stretched the holiday to include all mothers, and named it as the Mothering Sunday. People working out of their homes were expected to return to the “mother” church (the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm).
In 1872 Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. It is a landmark in the history of Mother’s Day.In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), began a movement to set up a national Mother’s Day in honour of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. She solicited the help of hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honour mothers. The first Mother’s Day observance was a church service honouring Anna’s mother. Anna handed out her mother’s favourite flowers, the white incarnations, on the occasion as they represent sweetness, purity, and patience. Anna’s hard work finally paid off in the year 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honour of mothers. The second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year. Mother’s day has spread to various countries of the world. Many countries throughout the world celebrate Mother’s Day at various times during the year, but some such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.
Mother’s Day is one occasion that gives you the opportunity to do something for your mother.
Why not join us and celebrate Mother’s Day at The Bull Hotel in Gerrards Cross. We offer a 3 course carvery lunch with a glass of Bucks Fizz and a gift for Mum at 29.95 per adult and 15.95 per child (4-14 years). Please contact our Meetings and Events Team on 01753 885 995 to book your table.
Submitted by Adrienn Gal, Revenue Co-ordinator, The Bull Hotel