It’s amazing what I learn when I write my posts. After moaning about the fact that this year Mothers day in the UK is on the 3rd April (it’s never in April!!) I then discovered that Mothers day in the Uk is on the fourth Sunday in Lent and because Easter is very late this year it’s pushed Mothers Day into April. So, Mothers Day is another date that’s all dependent on the moon phases.
Mothers day is celebrated throughout the world but the dates when it is celebrated range throughout the year. There are thought to be many customs and cultures where the tradition of celebrating mothers originated.
The ancient Greeks celebrated the festival of Cybele, a great mother of Greek gods. This festival was held around the Vernal Equinox, latterly in Rome it was held over 3 days from the Ides of March (15th March)
The ancient Romans celebrated Matronalia, dedicated to Juno in which mothers received gifts
Europe has several traditions that are specific to ‘Mothering Sunday’. Mothering Sunday is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the catholic calendar (Laetare Sunday) and honors the Virgin Mary. In times past when people where ‘in service’ they would be allowed this Sunday off to visit their families. Whilst returning home the servants would pick flowers and give them to their mothers or place them on their graves.
Today we shower our Mothers with breakfast in bed, gifts, flowers and cards (Benammi – if you’re reading all of these please!!)
Why not treat her with a fragrant bath as well
Into a large tablespoon of runny Honey add:
2 drops of Rose Otto
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Lavender
Soak away the stress
Into 20ml Bubble bath Base add:
2 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Sweet Marjoram
1 drop Ginger