Lots of people think that Mother’s Day was made up by card shops to make money by selling teddy bears and chocolates that spell out ‘Mum’ but that’s not the case at all.
Mother’s Day isn’t a new holiday at all. The earliest Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the Ancient Egyptians who held an annual festival to honour Isis, who represented the ideal mother and wife.
In Europe, there were Spring time celebrations in Ancient Greece in honour of Rhea, the mother of the gods. People would make offerings of honey-cakes, fine drinks, and flowers at dawn.
The Romans also had a mother of all gods, Magna Mater, or Great Mother. A temple was built in Rome for her. In March of each year, there was a celebration in her honour called the Festival of Hilaria when gifts would be brought to temples to please the mother-goddess.
Here “Mothering Sunday” can be traced right back to the 1600’s – celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent as a way to honour the mothers of England. On Mothering Sunday right up to more modern times, servants were given the day off to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the “mothering cake,” was often baked to add to the festivities.
Today we celebrate our mothers with special cards and gifts and other acts of thoughtfulness. At Deliciously Gorgeous, we say thank you and we love you with food. A celebration without food is no celebration at all – and our treats were made to be shared! Why not book a table at Eastbourne’s best café and spoil Mum in style!