Here at Anges de Sucre gourmet sweet shop, Kensington's little oasis of Macaron-y goodness, we're already starting to prepare for Mother's Day this year. But how did this little semi-holiday itself begin? Keep reading for your weekly mini history lesson from Viking Two!
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be found all over the world in many forms as far back as ancient Greek and Roman times, however they're not really related to the holiday as we know it today. The Ides of March (March 15th) represented the beginning of Hilaria, festivals in honour of the goddess and mother, Cybele.
Early Christians held festivals on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honour of the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ. The holiday was later expanded in England to include all mothers and called Mothering Sunday, though this tradition more or less died out by the 1800s.
Modern Mother's Day has its origins in the United States. There was a 19th-century woman named Julia Ward Howe who was a tireless activist, writer, and poet who opposed the civil war (although any reading of her pieces on social activism should be taken with a grain of salt) who held yearly a day celebrating peace and motherhood on the second Sunday in June.
It was Anna Jarvis however who is recognised in the US as the founder of modern Mother's Day - interestingly, she herself never married nor had children! Inspired by her mother's death in 1905, Anna and a great many supporters wrote letters and lobbied politicians for an official recognition of Mother's Day.
Woodrow Wilson finally made it official in 1914! (This was just before the start of the First World War. You'd think he'd have had other things on his plate eh!)
That's about it for the history of the origins of Mother's Day. Just over two weeks left to prepare something nice for your mums before Mother's Day this year! Stop by Anges de Sucre for some recommended goodies for your mums: tea cakes, macarons, birthday cakes and our new chocolate pralines in a perfectly-presented pink-ribboned box.
Viking Two (Shelby)
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