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Mother’s Day: An Ancient Greek Tradition

Mother’s Day is a day dedicated to showing thanks for all that our Mothers and Grandmothers do. Most countries around the world have a day for the celebration of the special women in our lives. In America, we show thanks with flower bouquets, breakfast in bed, and quality time spent with Mom. Although not always celebrated on the same day, many countries recognize Mother’s day on the second Sunday of May. But where did this tradition come from? 

The tradition of Mother’s day originated all the way back in ancient Greece. Continue reading to discover the history behind this special day. 

Mother’s Day in Ancient Greece

The ancient Greeks thought of their mothers as “life-givers” and showed great thanks and respect to them. A Mother’s Day celebration started because of a story in Greek Mythology. It revolves around Rhea, who was Mother Earth’s daughter. Rhea was known as the ‘Mother of Gods’ and represented nature and fertility. A festival would be held each year in Spring to celebrate and honor the goddess Rhea. 

Although the festival of Rhea does not take place anymore, the Greeks still take a day to honor mothers. Celebrations will look very similar to a typical Mother’s Day here in America. It also falls on the second Sunday of May. 

Mother’s Day in America 

Mother’s Day became popularly celebrated in the United States thanks to a few strong women who fought for Women’s rights. Originally, the day was spent by women advocating for peace during the war. This movement was held in Boston, Massachusetts, but eventually lost popularity. The day is now spent honoring the contributions of women and those who brought us into the world. 

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Krasi 

Here at Krasi, we aim to make every event special for our guests. 

Bring your mother into Krasi for a beautiful Mother’s Day brunch or dinner in downtown Boston and spend quality time with Mom over delicious food and wine. Give the gift of Greek food this Mother’s Day and reserve a table at Krasi now.  

 
 

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