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It won't of escaped most that today's Mother's Day. Though I suspect there are still some frantically looking for the odd bouquet or box of chocolates.
It's one of those annual occasions that have become the subject of increasingly insistent marketing.
According to Wikipedia:
Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and mothers in society. It's celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in spring. (e.g., April–May in the northern hemisphere, October in Argentina, but northern hemisphere spring, May, in Australia). It complements Father's Day, a similar celebration honoring fathers.
Mother's Day celebrations began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a celebration of the mother church, not motherhood).
I prefer to celebrate another older version namely, Mothering Sunday.
Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday celebrated throughout Europe that falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent. ... During the sixteenth century, people returned to their mother church, the main church or cathedral of the area, for a service held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral.
Laetare Sunday draws its name from the words of the Introit at Mass read on the fourth Sunday in Lent.
Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow: that you may exult, and be filled from the breasts of your consolation. Psalm: I rejoiced when they said to me: "we shall go into God's House!
Irrespective of your preferred focus for the celebration this day, let me add, I hope it's a joyful occasion for you all.