The majority of countries that celebrate
Mother's Day do so on the second Sunday
of May. On this Mother Day, it is common for
Mothers to be lavished with presents and
special attention from their families,
friends and loved ones. But it hasnt
always been this way.
Only recently dubbed Mother's Day, the
highly traditional practice of honoring
of Motherhood is rooted in antiquity,
and past rites typically had strong
symbolic and spiritual overtones;
societies tended to celebrate Goddesses
and symbols rather than actual Mothers.
In fact, the personal, human touch to
Mothers Day is a relatively new
phenomenon. The maternal objects of
adoration ranged from mythological
female deities to the Christian Church
itself. Only in the past few centuries
did celebrations of Motherhood develop a
decidedly human focus.