Celebrating the Nurturing Goddesses

To nurture, guide, teach, learn from and care for …
to be there, to listen and
to love, unconditionally …
to have the courage, wisdom and love to let go and allow the shining of that individual soul to express itself.

Probably the most rewarding journey life gives us is to be given the gift of nurturing another.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.  Many of the celebrations can be traced back to ancient festivals that honoured the goddess as Mother Earth.

A figure often interpreted as a depiction of a...Many of the  ancient Goddesses and their stories represent the birth of humanity and the fertility of the earth, the earth being the mother from whom all life becomes.

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
~ Honore de Balzac, author

I was curious to see how the “mother figure” is honoured around the world today…here is what I discovered….

ARGENTINA celebrates the third Sunday of October, a liturgical date for the celebration of the Virgin Mary

In AUSTRALIA the tradition of gift giving to mothers on Mother’s Day was begun by Janet Heyden in 1924. During a visit to a State home she met many lonely and forgotten mothers and in a bid to cheer them she encouraged local school children and businesses to give gifts to the women.

BULGARIA’S celebration on March 8th is linked to International Women’s Day and honours the Woman as an equal human being.

FRANCE & GERMANY had different reasons…alarmed by low birthrates in the early 1900’s national celebrations began to honour the mothers of large families.

INDONESIAN Mother’s day takes place on December 22nd celebrating the spirit of Indonesian women to improve the conditions of their country, the day was introduced by the Indonesian Women’s Congress.

ISRAEL’S celebration was begun by Henrietta Szold who had no children of her own but rescued and cared for  many Jewish children from Nazi Germany. The celebration has evolved to be called Family day and celebrates the mutual love inside the family.

INDIA celebrates Durga ashtami or, the feminine consciousness of the cosmos.Durga slaying Mahisasur - golden statue. The p...

In the PHILLIPINES the mother is the “light of the household” and the one around which all the families activities revolve. This day for her is one of spending time with her family and having a day off from household chores.

In TAIWAN the celebration of mother’s day is a unified celebration and religious observance with Buddha Day and Tzu Chi Day. In Buddhist culture the recognition of mother’s day is one of the three fields necessary for cultivating wisdom…Mother’s Day for Gratitude and Thankfulness, Buddha Day for Reverence and Tzu Chi Day representing Compassion.

Having a child has been the greatest gift that life has given me, and being that child’s mom, the most amazing journey.

Making a decision to have a child – its momentous.
It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
~Elizabeth Stone


This Sunday and through out the year I wish a
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all of the NURTURING GODDESSES throughout the world!

What special ways do you celebrate the day?

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2 thoughts on “Celebrating the Nurturing Goddesses

  1. Pingback: How do we honour women? « A Robin Hood's Musing

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