With Mothering Sunday upon us here in the UK, it may be good to take a moment to reflect on where the day originated from and what do we mean by ‘MUM.’
Mother’s Day celebrations date back as far as the Greeks who would have a festival of worship every spring to celebrate Rhea, the Mother of the Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also celebrated a mother Goddess as far back as 250BC.
Here in the UK, we have celebrated Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday of Lent since the 16th Century. It started with a religious purpose and was originally a day to honour and to give thanks to the ‘Virgin Mary.’ This required people to visit their ‘mother church’ which was the main family church. As Christianity grew, this became a huge celebration with families reuniting together for this special occasion.
Today, it is perhaps a little commercialised but if we strip all of the tinsel back, it is a wonderful excuse to celebrate and thank those people who we truly know as our mum, even the ones who aren't with us any longer.
Traditionally, she was the person who physically brought you into this world. However, being a Mum isn’t just about a biological or blood connection, there are many other ‘mother-figures’ out there who deserve their place on this special day. Foster parents, step-parents, that person who has been a rock to you. And let’s not forget the Dads who have picked up the mantle. So, let’s take the opportunity this Mothering Sunday to thank and celebrate all of our mums, wherever they are and whomever they may be!
Stay safe all.