Where did Mother’s Day originate? Who thought Mothers should be honored? Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day? Contrary to popular belief, it was not established as a holiday to help greeting card companies increase their bottom line.
Celebrating motherhood is a historical tradition dating back almost as far as mothers themselves. A number of ancient cultures paid tribute to mothers as goddesses, including the ancient Greeks, who celebrated Rhea, the mother of all gods. The ancient Romans also honored their mother goddess, Cybele, in a notoriously rowdy springtime celebration.
During the 17th century, those living on the British isles initiated a religious celebration of motherhood, called Mothering Sunday, which was held on the forth Sunday during the Lenten season. This holiday featured the reunification of mothers and their children, separated when working class families had to send off their young children to be employed as house servants. On Mothering Sunday, the child servants were allowed to return home for the day to visit with their parents.
In the United States Mother’s Day experienced a number of false starts. Until, in 1914 the U.S. Congress passed a Joint Resolution, signed by President Wilson, establishing a national Mother’s Day emphasizing the role of women in their families.
Ever since, Mother’s Day has been celebrated by Americans on the second Sunday in May! On May 9th, bring your mother or someone special as we celebrate Mother’s Day at Paul Martin’s American Bistro. We will be open for brunch at 9:00am. Call now for your reservations.