In Spain, the first Sunday in May is usually dedicated to celebrating Mother’s Day and this year it fell on the 5th of May, with stunning weather to accompany the celebrations. As the Costa Blanca enjoyed the first signs that summer is upon us, mothers across the country enjoyed time with their loved ones whilst basking in the sunshine, taking strolls along the beach or cooling down with a quick dip in the Mediterranean.
Mother’s Day can trace its roots to Ancient Greece and the celebrations dedicated to the Goddess Rhea – the mother of Zeus, Poseidon & Hades. This practice was also adopted by the Romans, who celebrated with three days of offerings in the Temple of Cybele during the month of March.
The Catholic Church was the next to adopt these celebrations, with a focus on honouring the Virgin Mary. Finally, the idea of celebrating Mother’s Day on a Sunday emerged during the 17th Century in England, where the children would go to a special mass before returning home with gifts for their mothers. As most poorer families during this time worked for wealthier households, Sunday was given as a special day off for families so they could celebrate together.
In Spain, Mother’s Day is usually the first Sunday in May. In the weeks leading up to this special date, children spend a few hours each day preparing gifts, recitals or shows for their mothers, helped by their teachers.
The family then usually spend the day together, either at home or by the coast, enjoying the pleasures of the Mediterranean climate, food and scenery in places such as Costa Blanca, Costa de Almeria, or Mallorca.
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