Feliz Día de las Madres

While most of us have to count Sundays in May to figure out when Mother’s Day is, in Mexico it is always on May 10. They chose the date, because that’s when it was first celebrated in 1922.

Wikipedia tells us that “the modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated [in the US] in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She then began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers, and/ or maternal figure on mother’s day.”

Anna Jarvis died poor, she spent her inheritance campaigning against what Mother’s Day had become, and bitter:

“A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment.

—Anna Jarvis”  (source Wikipedia)

Happy Mother's Day!
Happy Mother’s Day!

These days, Mother’s Day in Mexico is most visibly celebrated with each other during (mostly) breakfast. A sort of Moms-for-Moms day. The hotel we are staying here was flooded with mothers of all ages seated at long tables sharing breakfast. The staff was prepared though; they had gotten extra tables from the storage and swapped them for the lounge chairs in the lobby. None of that mattered to the Mothers though; they had fun and were chatting and eating away.

I wish every mother a great Mother’s Day either today or Sunday (or whenever it may be in your country).

And we wish our own Mothers a happy Mother’s Day especially. We are sorry we won’t be there physically to celebrate, but we will honor you in spirit (or with spirits, whatever seems best).

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