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Mother's Day History

Ancient Celebrations of Mothers and Motherhood

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People in many ancient cultures celebrated holidays honoring motherhood, personified as a goddess. Here are just a few of those:
  • ancient Greeks celebrated a holiday in honor of Rhea, the mother of the gods
  • ancient Romans celebrated a holiday in honor of Cybele, a mother goddess, March 22-25 - the celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome
  • in the British Isles and Celtic Europe, the goddess Brigid, and later her successor St. Brigid, were honored with a spring Mother's Day, connected with the first milk of the ewes

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