Mothers’ Day is a celebration for mothers and motherly figures everywhere. On this day people often give gifts and outings to their mother figures to thank them for everything they’ve done. It is a popular holiday celebrated in many countries around the world.
The history of Mother’s Day can be traced back to the ancient Romans and Greeks, who each worshipped their own gods and goddesses. Part of the worship would include parades and festivals to honor the goddesses of motherhood and maternity. Hera was the goddess for the ancient Greeks with Juno as the goddess for the ancient Romans, but the mother goddess of everything was known as Rhea or Cybele. The “Mothering Sunday,” which was a Christian festival a long time ago, is the closest celebration to the Mother’s Day celebrations we know today. Mothering Sunday fell on the fourth Sunday in May during Lent. Most Christians would attend their “mother church” that is basically just the church near their home for a special service. Like most holidays, Mothering Sunday eventually changed into Mother’s Day as it fell away from being a Christian holiday and more into being a secular holiday. It was called Mothering Sunday, however, until around the 1930s and 1940s when the name Mother’s Day became the more popular name.
Mother's Day Celebrations in France
Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in May unless it falls on Pentecost, when it is simply moved to the first Sunday in June.
The Friday before Mother’s Day is when most children come home to show their mother the craft they made in school for her. On the actual Sunday of Mother’s Day, celebrations range from making a home-cooked meal to taking the mother out for a special dinner. Mothers typically receive a card or cards from their children and sometimes also get another gift, such as jewelry or a book.
Each family celebrates Mother’s Day in their own way and it really just depends on their own specific traditions. Carnations are also given or worn on Mother’s Day with pink and red representing mothers that are still alive while white is given or worn to represent the mothers that have passed.
Tips for Traveling to France during Mother's Day
Due to how busy Mother’s Day can be, most restaurants require reservations in advance before to make sure they’ll be staffed adequately. It is unlikely anything will be closed or have different hours because of how popular Mother’s Day is, but still check to make sure you won’t have any surprises while planning your day.