The genesis of Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman festivals dedicated to female mythological characters. The classical Greeks, for example, celebrated Rhea, the mother of the Olympian gods and goddesses.
In Great Britain, the fourth Sunday in Lent – or Mothering Sunday – was traditionally a day when young people working in domestic service were permitted to visit their mothers at home. As families walked to church, children would often pick violets and wildflowers for their mothers.
Across the Atlantic in America, the unrelated Mother’s Day celebration was officially endorsed by the Federal government in 1914. The annual observance was the idea of Anna Jarvis, who a few years earlier had persuaded a local church to hold a service in honour of her own mother. During the memorial, Anna handed out white carnations, which became symbolic of Mother’s Day in the U.S.
Like many other nations, Australia adopted America’s choice of the second Sunday of May on which to mark Mother’s Day. However, Australian’s tended to gift and wear chrysanthemums, a flower naturally in season in the Southern Hemisphere during May.
Today, there are more than six million mums across Australia who will be the focus special attention on Sunday 14. Whether it’s with flowers, some other thoughtful gift, or a family gathering around the meal table, the celebration of mothers everywhere will be strongly embraced.
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