MOTHER'S DAY TRADITIONS
Mother's Day is not a traditional Celtic holiday as you may have guessed. However, many Celtic traditions and holidays do celebrate the importance of women and mothers. From St. Brigid's Feast Day or Imbolc welcoming Spring and celebrating the fertility and strength of women, to the well recognized trinity knot that is sometimes used to represent three ages of women, Maiden, Mother, Crone (and also to represent Mother, Father, Child among other interpretations) there are a many examples of a Mother's place in Celtic tradition.
Modern Mother's Day in America began in the early 1900's through the efforts of one woman, Anna Jarvis, in honor of her mother's passing. Jarvis suggested that Mother's Day be celebrated by writing heartfelt letters of gratitude home to your mother. She felt that each family should celebrate Mother's Day singularly, focusing on their Mother, rather than all mothers. As with most things the original intent of the holiday has been changed to include mothers, grandmothers, and motherly figures in our lives.
Stephen Walker and his Mom, at just 6 days old.
Cards, Flowers, heartfelt gifts, and meals that Mom doesn't have to cook are how many families celebrate Mother's Day. The Walker family has long celebrated by coming together for a picnic at a local state park. Grandma Barb, Susan (now Grandma too!), and Jeanne gather together their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to spend a day together enjoying nature's blessings.
While it's become harder to get all 6 of Susan's children and 5 grandchildren together at one time, every child is sure to call or send a bouquet of sunflowers for her. Stephen always has a new piece for each mother, or updates their mother's pendant's with that year's new additions. This year the grandmother's needed 2 new garnets, and a sapphire.