People would bring honey-cakes and flowers to her temple to show their respect for her, and all mothers.
The Romans had a similar tradition with their god Magna Mater, or the Great Mother. Every March people would bring offerings to her temple and the day was widely celebrated and known as the Festival of Hilaria.
However the modern celebration originates from the US, where Anna Jarvis started a campaign for an official holiday to recognise the sacrifices that Mothers make for their children. This was in 1905, the year her mother died. The first large scale celebration was in 1908 where Anna Jarvis held a public memorial for her mother in her hometown. But it wasn’t until 1914 that the Holiday was officially recognised, and became what it is today.
It is a day to show our gratitude for all the sacrifices our Mothers have made for us. To show them that we appreciate all that they’ve done for us. Flowers are the most common gift, not just because of their inherent beauty, but because they can communicate our feelings without words.
The traditional flower of Mother’s day is the Carnation. Pink carnations symbolise undying love and are a lovely representation of how much you love your Mum. While white carnations represent innocence and pure love and are a perfect way to honour and respect your Mother if she has passed on.
Chrysanthemums, also known as mums, are a traditional and popular choice in Australia. They represent optimism, long life, joy and support. The perfect gift for every Mother, and a wonderful representation of your love.
This Mother’s Day show how much you care with flowers, they can tell your mother exactly how you feel about her and how important she is to you.