Mums the WordIt's the second weekend of May, and here in the States that can only mean one thing--the national celebration of Mother's day!
Despite its modern holiday's origin in the early 1900's, variations of Mother's Day have been around since antiquity. The Greeks celebrated the mother goddesses Cybelle and Rhea, while the Romans had a whole week dedicated to the Magna Marta known as the Hilaria. The Catholic Church had a day dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and in the 1600's this spread to honor all mothers on a day known as Mothering Sunday.
In the 1870's, horrified by the carnage of the Civil War, a woman named Julia Howe advocated for peace and called upon women to stand against the violence of war in what is now considered the first "Mother's Day Peace Proclamation". She advocated for June 2nd to be the official Mother's Day for Peace, although her day was meant more as a call to end violence and less as a celebration of motherhood.
The first Mother's Day as we know it was in 1908, held by Anna Jarvis who wanted to honor the work of her recently passed mother and the care and love she was given as a child. Anna's own mother, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, led a tireless effort to maintain sanitation and standards of care for soldiers wounded on the battlefront, specifically spreading an event called "Mothers Friendship Day" which encouraged women to think beyond the care and cleanliness of their own homes and spread their efforts to caring for the Nation after the Civil War. It was in the spirit of this woman that the holiday of Mother's Day was created.
We also think mothers do a lot of work, both in and outside of the home. And what better way to celebrate than to treat Mom to a fun event and a good drink? We have limited flavours of mimosas available for the occasion, as well as some beautiful paintings celebrating mothers and family. Come down and paint with us, and create a beautiful piece of work for you and Mom to cherish while having tons of fun doing it!