It seems that the good weather is on its way and we begin May with added enthusiasm. The rain is behind us and the sun large and vibrant greets us every day, giving us more energy and vitality to enjoy life and the extra hours of daylight.
It is because of life, or rather that special person who gave us life that next Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day. A tradition deeply rooted and celebrated in homes all around the world, but what is its origin? In Spain it is celebrated on the first Sunday in May but it has not always been this way. It hasn’t always been celebrated on this day, nor is it the same in all countries. Moreover, it hasn’t always had the same meaning …
In fact, the origins of this tradition are found in antiquity, hand in hand with the symbols and mythological beings of ancient Egypt. Legend has it that after the death of Osiris, who was murdered and torn apart, Isis, his wife, picked up the pieces of her beloved husband and after rejoining the fragmented pieces of his body, was impregnated with his essence and became pregnant with a son, Horus. Hence, Isis has been known as the “Goddess of motherhood” or the “Great Mother Goddess”, who has been venerated for centuries. In a similar way, this was also done in Rome with the Goddess Cybele, or in Greece with the Goddess Rhea.
In Europe, the first antecedent of this celebration is found in the seventeenth century. On the fourth Sunday of Lent, it was celebrated with flowers and other offerings to the Church, into which each member had been baptized, as a symbol of “Mother Church”. Later, in 1600, the approval of an ecclesiastical decree changed the divine meaning of this day, granting a new meaning more in keeping with the current one. It became a day to honor all the women who had been mothers, and workers were allowed to enjoy the day off to meet and celebrate with their families
And although in Europe it was already a long followed tradition, in the United States it took a long time become established. However, Mother’s Day, as we know it today, has its origin in the USA. In 1870, it was Julia Ward Howe who dedicated herself to organizing a large pacific demonstration and a religious celebration, to which she invited all the mothers who had lost children in the American Civil War.
Although it was a great precedent, it was not until 1908 when Anna Reeves Jarvis, following the death of her mother as a nurse during the war, began a campaign in favour of women on a national level, supported by influential intellectuals of the time. In this way, in 1914, Mother’s Day became an official celebration on second Sunday of May.
Since then, more than 70 countries celebrate Mother’s Day, although in each has adopted a different date or has changed it over time. This is the case of Spain, where Mother’s Day was originally celebrated on December 8th, coinciding with the celebration of the Immaculate Conception. Later this changes to the first Sunday of May for its symbolic meaning, since this is the month of the Virgin Mary. So, as such, today it has become a family celebration less rooted in the Church, although its origins in Europe still have their base in the Christianity.
And so you can celebrate this day with your loved ones in the best way, BoutiqueHotelSpain has prepared these incredible offers, to make your stay a memorable one.
The Posada Real La Cartería and the Posada Real La Pascasia, in Sanabria (Zamora), will be welcoming clients that reserve for Mother’s Day weekend, from 4 to 6 of May, with a small bottle of cava and petals. In the Hotel Viñas de Lárrede they have also prepared a welcome gift for that weekend, a bottle of cava and a delicious selection of chocolates.
So now you know, you have no excuses, this Sunday don’t forget to wish your mother a happy Mother’s Day. Because we have one and she is uniquely important.