This topic is not anything I would’ve ever considered writing about if my friend Lizette wouldn’t have briefly brought up how she typically celebrated Mother’s Day a day before it is nationally celebrated in the United States (note: Mother’s Day in the United States is always held on the second Sunday of May). Believe it or not, that was something I never knew about. From that small exchange, I decided to do some research on the origin of the day, and simply why it’s celebrated the day before in Mexico – isn’t it cool to see how something so small can spark your interest?
For a little history on Mother’s Day itself, the origin of Mother’s Day goes back to Ancient Greece. Mother’s Day was established in honor of “Rhea”, who was knows as “the mother of all Greek Gods.” Throughout the 19th Century, there were constant proposals to establish a day to tribute entirely to the mothers in our lives, but it wasn’t officially established until 1908. It was May 10, 1908 when there was the first unofficially ceremony held to commemorate mothers in a Church in Virginia.
Mexican Mother’s Day dates back to April 13, 1922 Rafael Alducin, a journalist and founder of a newspaper, launched an invitation nationwide to choose a date to pay respect and affection to Mexican mothers. Being that everyone was in favor of this initiative, May 10th, 1922 became the first official Mother’s Day. Mexico became the first nation in Latin America that gave mothers this recognition.
May 10th was actually chosen since May is the month that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and being that the 10th was once “pay day” in Mexico. Like in the United States, the day usually includes a family reunion. Along with this, families eat traditional dishes and listen to Mexican music while expressing their love, affection and gratitude for all mothers and grandmothers.
Now that I’ve given you a quick history lesson on Mexican Mother’s Day, don’t try to correct your Mexican friends if they tell you to wish your mom a Happy Mother’s Day and it doesn’t line up with the day you’re used to!