Mother's Day

When, Where & What

In France this day is the last Sunday in May, in Spain the first Sunday in May, in the UK three weeks before Easter and in the Netherlands and Belgium on the second Sunday in May...well except Antwerp that is. They celebrate this day on August 15th...Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as Mothering Sunday.

Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official holiday in the United States in 1914. She would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar...typical, I might add! Anyway, although the setting and dates may vary around the world, take some time to let mum know you think of her (even when she is not around anymore).