Ex­press your love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion

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MOTHER’S Day, Mut­tertag, La Festa della Mamma, Moth­er­ing Sun­day, Fête des Mères, Día de las Madres... it goes by many dif­fer­ent names, but how­ever you say it, the ex­pres­sion of love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion is the same.

Moth­er­hood has al­ways been cel­e­brated. In pre­his­toric tribes the mother God­dess was wor­shiped as the cre­ator of life and fe­male god­dess fig­ures are found in many arche­o­log­i­cal digs.

In an­cient Egypt, Isis was the Queen of Heaven who ruled over all mat­ters con­cern­ing moth­er­ing. In an­cient Greece Rhea was revered as the mother god­dess and in an­cient Rome it was Hera, the jeal­ous wife of Zeus, and an­other mother god­dess known as Cy­bele.

Most moth­er­ing fes­ti­vals in early his­tory were in the spring­time to cel­e­brate the re­birth of the land and the beginning of the most fer­tile time of the year. Th­ese fes­tiv­i­ties hon­ored the god­dess in all women.

The mod­ern ver­sion of Mother's Day with fam­i­lies bring­ing Mother’s Day flow­ers and gifts to their moth­ers can be traced back to sev­en­teenth cen­tury Eng­land. Moth­er­ing Sun­day is the fourth Sun­day in Lent, a spe­cial day when all the strict rules about fast­ing and penance were put aside.

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