The History of Mother’s Day
A day to celebrate our dear mothers has been around quite some time, all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. In the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, the celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally a time when religious folk would return to their “mother church” for a special service. Over time this tradition evolved into something more secular and what we know today. Anna Jarvis had originally conceived of Mother’s Day as a day of personal celebration between mothers and families and her version involved moms wearing a white carnation and visiting one’s mother.
At times Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.
While today’s traditions still may include visiting your mom or a church service, we asked moms and daughters around the corporate office if their family held any special Mother’s Day traditions. We thought we would share those with you in case perhaps you need some fresh ideas, or there’s a new mom in your life! And of course, if you need a gift idea for the mom who has everything, give her the gift of a mosquito free yard! Your local Mosquito Joe has gift certificates that would go great in a bouquet of flowers!
From all of us at Mosquito Joe, Happy Mother’s Day!
MoJo Mother’s Day Traditions
“My favorite tradition is that a group of my girlfriends and I always take our moms to brunch on Sunday morning. It’s so fun to have a girls morning and celebrate our favorite leading lady.” – Meghan
“I think the thing I look forward to most on Mother’s Day is waking up to my sweet son’s little feet bringing me artwork he made at school with a giant smile. He’s always so proud! The rest of the day usually consists of mimosas, being outside and enjoying the warmer temperatures – so it’s a good thing I work for a mosquito control company!” – Julie
“My siblings and I like to take our mother golfing on Mother’s Day. Personally, I’m a terrible golfer so I am there for comic relief, but the rest of them take it pretty seriously so it’s a great thing we can all enjoy doing together. There’s nothing better then spending a couple of hours outdoors, with your mom on a beautiful May day.” – Jodi
“I go to my husband’s “old man” soccer game and then we head over to my son’s house to hang out by the pool. We always grill shrimp and make margaritas!” – Sharon