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It’s May, and May is about three things, from what I can tell: the beginning of summer, with celebrations surrounding Memorial Day; the end of the school year and graduations, and, of course, Mother’s Day, which this year falls on May 12.


Over the years, I have become more and more interested in Mother’s Day, but not in the commercialized version that we seem to celebrate in the United States. I am interested in and love to talk about the origins of Mother’s Day because its beginnings are very different from the way we celebrate today. Moreso, recently, I have been interested in celebrations of mothering throughout the world.


Celebrations of mothering and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held celebrations and festivals honoring mother goddesses. In the United Kingdom and in some parts of Europe, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent and was originally meant to be a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church” for a special service. The “mother church” is the main church in the vicinity of the home. These customs have shifted in more recent times, with Mothering Sunday in the UK becoming more secular and more like Mother’s Day in the U.S.


Versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, with traditions varying by country. In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated in August, on the birthday of the current queen. In Ethiopia, Mother’s Day is not just a day. It is a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood, where families gather to sing songs and eat a large feast.


This year, the Membership Committee will, once again, honor the women of Bridgeport Christian Church by giving donations to The Sunshine Center and Fresh Start Frankfort (formerly the Franklin County Women & Family Shelter).


If you would like to learn more about Mother’s Day, consider visiting https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mothers-day


Love and peace to you all!


Ann

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