Mother’s day is a festivity that is celebrated in honor of them in different times of the year according to the country.
A bit of history
The first celebrations of Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Greece, where it honored Rea, the mother of the gods Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. Also the Romans called this celebration Hilaria when imported from the Greeks. It was celebrated on March 15 in the temple of Cybele and there were offerings for three days. Catholics transformed these celebrations to honor Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. In the Catholic sanctoral cycle December 8 is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the date that Panamanians adopted for the celebration of Mother’s Day.
In England around the 17th century, there was a similar event, also related to Virgin Mary, which was called Sunday for the mothers. The children went to mass returning to their homes with gifts for their progenitor. In addition, as many people worked for wealthy people and did not have the opportunity to be in their homes, that Sunday was the free day to visit their families.
How to celebrate this day and what to give to our mothers
On Mother’s Day, make a special tribute to the beloved woman, write messages telling her you love her, give her a poem and send her favorite flowers, a box of chocolates or a day at the SPA.
A mother is the one who children first turn to when they have problems, the one who knows what happens to us without asking and the one who we can always count on. For more mistakes we may make in our lives she will always be there to welcome us back. Because as they say in Spain “there’s only one mother”.
So, they deserve more than a flower, a perfume or a gift. They deserve each day as we show them that we love them and tell them how important they are to us. Every day is Mother’s day.
Different days to celebrate Mother’s day in Europe
· The first Sunday of May: Spain, Portugal, Romania, Hungary and Lithuania.
· The second day of May: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Netherlands, Italy, Latvia, Czech Republic.
· 26th May: Poland.