Feliz Dí De las Madres

Posted on 05/09/2024

Where would we be without our mothers? Nowhere! If we’re being honest, moms should be celebrated every day of the year. But as it stands now, they just get one day every year — Mother’s Day. Just as in the United States, May is big for moms in Mexico. But unlike the U.S.A., Mother's Day in Mexico is celebrated every May 10, as opposed to the second Sunday in May. El Dia de la Madre is a time to give moms their due, to gather together with family and to honor the huge role mothers play in everyone’s lives.

The Roots of Mother’s Day in Mexico
Mother’s Day in Mexico only began a little over a century ago. But that doesn’t mean that Mexicans didn’t celebrate moms. Far from it. In pre-Columbian times, Mexican society was built around powerful matriarchs — and the pantheon of deities was filled with strong goddesses. In Mayan civilization, the goddess Ix Chel played an enormously important role as a symbol of fertility and motherhood. The ancient Sacred Mayan Journey was a 36-mile pilgrimage that brave souls made in handmade canoes in order to consult the oracle of Ix Chel and gain her favor. Today, the experience is recreated every year as an interactive cultural festival in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel – the Sacred Mayan Journey. Think of it as one big celebration of motherhood!

Mother’s Day Comes To Mexico
Did you know? Mother’s Day in the USA was first officially celebrated in 1914, declared a holiday by President Woodrow Wilson. The so-called “Mother of Mother’s Day” was Anna Jarvis, who had begun commemorating her own mother a few years earlier. The tradition made it to Mexico in 1922 when journalist Rafael Alducin kicked off a nationwide movement to pay tribute to Mexican mothers. It caught on in a big way, and soon, May 10 was Mexican Mother’s Day. Why May 10? Because back in the day, the 10th of the month was “payday” in Mexico, meaning that everyone could afford a little extra to buy mom a gift or take her out for a fancy meal. The month of May in Mexico is also devoted to one of the most famous mothers in history: the Virgin Mary.

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