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Story behind mother’s day

Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Greece, where festivities were held to honour Rhea, the mother of the Gods.

india Updated: May 08, 2010 00:58 IST

Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Greece, where festivities were held to honour Rhea, the mother of the Gods. The early Christians celebrated the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40-day period leading up to Easter) to honour Mother Mary. Later, the day was named as Mothering Sunday.



The English colonists who settled in America discontinued the tradition of Mothering Sunday because of a lack of time. In 1872, Julia Ward Howe organised a day for mothers dedicated to peace, which became a landmark in the history of Mother’s Day.