We celebrate Mother’s day on Sunday 10th May in South Africa. This is the day we reflect on how much our mothers (or the mother of our children) mean to us. Each of us have a different story to tell about the mothers in our lives and different memories that are highlighted like bright yellow sticky notes about how they’ve cared for us (and our children) throughout our lives.
The easy part is usually coming up with good things to say about our mothers, and kind words of gratitude to offer them on their Mother’s day. It is more tricky however to show them just how much they mean to us. One of the things that mothers do so well is always being in service to their children, only a mother can live a life of servanthood for her children that will only end when she dies. Isn’t is so appropriate then, on Mother’s day, to spoil her with a pampering that is truly fit for any Queen!
This is something only a Spa Treatment will achieve! And because we know just how special Mom is, we are offering an extra 10% for selected Gift Vouchers purchased ONLINE.
Now that we’ve ensured she gets the best Gift on Mother’s day, and she’ll be treated like a queen at one of the best Spas in Cape Town, let’s look at the history of Mother’s day and some of the older traditions.
Mother’s Day Celebrations and Traditions
While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated throughout the world, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen. In Ethiopia, families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast to celebrate.
At times Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.
But very few of us know the origin of this day!
Was it invented by chocolate, flower and card companies as a marketing scheme to flog left over Valentine’s Day merchandise?
Each country and culture has their own claim to Mother’s Day!
The earliest history of Mother’s Day can date back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.
Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years BC. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.
Early Christians celebrated a Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honour of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ.
Founded in the United States, in 1908, the first official Mother’s Day was celebrated in memorial for Ann Reeves Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia by her daughter. Ann Reeves Jarvis originally founded Mothers’ Day Work Clubs in five cities to improve sanitary and health conditions. The Mothers’ Day Work Clubs also treated wounds, fed, and clothed both Union and Confederate soldiers with neutrality. On the passing of her mother, Anna Marie Jarvis began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognised holiday in the United States.
From Cape Town Spas – Ginkgo Spa and Wellness Group, we wish all of you and your loved ones a happy Mother’s Day!