Today is Mother’s Day in Aotearoa New Zealand a day to celebrate all the mums in our lives. A celebration that has its origins in ancient goddesses. The best gift you can give your mum to show your love and appreciation is to spend time with her. Since becoming a mum I enjoy spending quality time with my daughter. Whether it’s going shopping, nature walks or watching our favourite television show. Although, she lives in another city, and we don’t spend as much time together, we make the most of the times we do have together as I do with my own mum. I’ve often wondered where the celebration of Mother’s Day originated.
Celebrations of mothers can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Festivals honoured the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybete. But the modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” This was a major tradition in the UK and parts of Europe. It eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 40s, which has become the Mother’s Day in NZ we know today.
Us kiwis like to honour our mums with gifts of flowers or chocolates. With a night off cooking dinner or breakfast in bed other alternatives. But why not try something different? Take mum out for a walk at a local walkway or reserve followed by lunch at a café? Or perhaps pack a picnic with mum’s favourite food to take with you. She is sure to thank you for it. We are spoilt for choice but the most special gift you can give is your love and spending time together.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there who are all goddesses just like the Greeks.