The History of Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrated in many different forms and in many different places all around the world. It looks to honour the efforts of mothers and their influence throughout society. Although they may be celebrated on different days in different countries - their core ethos remains the same. Looking past the more commercial feel of the modern holiday, we look to investigate its origins and how the celebrations first began.

Orangutan Hammock

This Orangutan Mum likes nothing more as a present than a good book and time to read in her hammock

While most religions celebrate the occasion in some way, they all have varying origins. In the Roman Catholic Church, the occasion was strongly tied to revering the Virgin Mary. It was also said that churchgoers in England would return home to their ‘Mother’ church occasionally - viewing it as important to do so. This return home would spark a family reunion, and historians believe this was the origin of the celebration.

Puffin Playing Piano

This Puffin plays the piano for her mum

In Hindu, however, the day is called ‘Mata Tirtha Aunshi’ - which is loosely translated as ‘Mother Pilgramage Fortnight’. It does not have a set day, but is instead observed on the new moon day in April/May (their month of Baisakh). This history is much older than that of the US or UK holiday. In Buddhism, however,  the celebration equates to their festival of Ullambana, which is derived from the story of Maudgalyayana and his mother.

Mother’s Day can, however, be said to stretch even further back in time. It is suggested that the celebrations date back as far as the ancient Greeks, where they would celebrate Rhea - the Mother of the Gods and Goddesses - every spring with festivals of worship. The Romans also worshipped a mother Goddess, Cybele, every March as far back as 250BC.

Shih Tzu

This Shih Tzu likes to dance for his mum

No matter how rooted in history it once was, and the many paths the day has taken to its current form in modern society, many do believe it has become more about expense and materialism than the appreciation of mothers. At Koala Chess Art, we are firm believers in the power of kindness and consideration, and that thoughtful gifts make the best ones. If you want a gift that will make her laugh and feel loved which won’t break the bank, browse our Mother’s Day collection >

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