La fête des mères
Gosh, I hadn't realized Mother's Day has antique origins--ancient Greek springtime celebrations honoring the mother goddess Cybele, as well as the Roman Matronalia festival for Juno. Nor had I realized that a tiny French village in the Rhônes-Alpes, Artas, touts itself as being the cradle of today's Mother's Day. It was there on June 10, 1906, that the first modern ceremonies honoring mothers took place: two mothers each having nine children received certificates designated "Haut Mérite Maternel." High Maternal Merit.
Today is la fête des mères in France. The celebration falls on the last Sunday of May, except in years when that Sunday coincides with Pentecost (Whitsunday), in which case the fête is postponed til the first Sunday in June. Pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire compliqué? Why do things simply when they can be done more complicatedly?
Bonne fête maman!
Happy Mother's Day!
©2012 P.B. Lecron