Saturday, May 11, 2013

Carpe Diem #193, Mother's Day

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Today it's Mother's Day and therefore our prompt for today is Mother's Day, but what is Mother's Day? Is it just a celebration day for Mother's? I have sought the Internet for some information about this holiday and I ran into the following.

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March or May. It complements Father's Day, a similar celebration honoring fathers.
The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration. Despite this, in some countries Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.
The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She then began a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. Jarvis' holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world. In this tradition, each person offers a gift, card, or remembrance toward their mothers, grandmothers, and/ or maternal figure on mother's day.
As you have read above in ancient Greece there was a Mother's Day for Cybele, but who was she? Or what  kind of cult was it?

Source: Cybele

Cybele was the great Phrygian mother of the gods, a goddess of fertility, motherhood and the mountain wilds. Her orgiastic cult dominated the central and north-western districts of Asia Minor, and was introduced into Greece via the island of Samothrake and the Boiotian town of Thebes.
Cybele was closely associated with a number of Greek goddesses, firstly Rhea, the Greek mother of the gods (Meter Theon), but sometimes also Demeter (especially in the Samothrakian cult), Aphrodite (on Mt Ida) and Artemis (in Karia).
Cybele was portrayed in classical sculpture as a matronly woman with a turret-crown, enthroned and flanked by lions.
In ancient Greece Cybele was called 'Meter Theon', and there were great festivals to celebrate her. These were called: 
The Orgia (Orgiastic festivals) of the Meter Theon.
These festivals were introduced into Greece from Phrygia via the island of Samothrake. They were closely related to those of Dionysos, whose Phrygian form, Sabazios, was named as a son of the goddess.
The Phrygian Orgia were overseen by eunuch priests called Gallai, who led devotees in nocturnal mountain rites involving much drinking, and frantic dancing accompanied by the music of rattles, kettledrums, flutes and castenets and the ritual cry 'evoe saboe,' 'hyes attes, attes hyes'. Young men armed with shield and sword also performed the high-footed, shield-clashing Korybantic dance (which Greek legend described as the dance of the Kourete-protectors of the infant Zeus). The rites also involved ritual mutulation, ranging from flaggelation to the act of self-castration performed by the Gallai priests.

Source: Young Greek man performing the Korybantic Dance

OK ... enough about the background of Mother's Day. It's just a holiday especially for mothers and I think you all know why you are visiting your mother, grandmother, mother in law.
Let us try to compose a few haiku on Mother's Day.

she is the best
mother takes care of me
I cherish her

when I was little
she always sang her lullaby
to scare bad dreams

That was it for today's prompt Mother's Day. Have a nice Mother's Day and ... well cherish your mom ... she has given birth to you. Be inspired and creative and share your haiku with us here on Carpe Diem, the place to be if you like writing and sharing haiku.

This prompt will stay on 'til May 13th 11.59 AM (CET) and I will post our next episode of Carpe Diem later on today around 10.00 PM (CET). Than we will continue our journey through the Tarot, the divine Tarot with the card called Strenght.  


  1. I know Cybele well. She is often depicted holding a frame drum...goddess of drumming. I learned of her through my learning to drum. Will definitely focus on her for this prompt. Thank you!

  2. Our mothers deserve the little words of appreciation we can give

  3. I had to think so I didn't write something sappy. Happy Mother's Day to the mothers out there! I am so thankful someone takes on the hard task of parenthood although it is not a task for me.

  4. Most informative post about Mother's Day ~ lovely haiku as a tribute to your Mom ~ Happy Day ^_^

  5. Thank you for sharing, and sorry for being tardy here. Yesterday there was a dinner with friends.

  6. Perhaps a little late, but sadly it isn't the first time I was late to deliver something special for Mother's Day.

  7. This was a tough Mother wasn't typcal...
    of course growing up, she was the idea Mother...
    I didn't know there were any other kind !

    Thank you for this defined "mother"
    most completely and inclusively.


  8. My apologies... didn't catch two obvious spelling errors. I think everything is correct now.