Honoring Mother Has Ancient Roots

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    The history of Mother’s Day is an ancient one. It is neither a recent phenomenon, as many people believe it to be, nor is it the creation of greeting card and gift marketers, as many cynics assume.

    Mother’s Day celebrations are first said to have taken place thousands of years ago. The ancient Greeks celebrated their annual spring festival in honor of Rhea, the mother of many gods and goddesses in the Greek mythology. Ancient Romans celebrated a spring festival by the name of Hilaria in honor of Cybele, a mother goddess, some 250 years before Christ was born.

    Early Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, mother of Christ. In England the holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday.

    In the U.S. the efforts of 19th century writer and poet Julia Ward Howe and early 1900’s activist Anna Jarvis are recognized for having started the tradition. Jarvis lobbied people in power and in Congress aggressively for a day of recognition for mothers.

    As a result, on May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
    Since then Mother’s Day has flourished. In fact, on the second Sunday of May telephone companies used to record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere called to honor and to express appreciation of their mothers, and it has become the most popular day of the year to dine out.

    The following is a list of Atlanta restaurants that would like to honor your mother with something good to eat! Take a look:

    Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint: Guests will enjoy live music and delicious Southern fare including Shrimp and Grits and Crab Cake Benedict. The live music kicks off at noon with Rod Harris Jr. and continues with The Bob Page Trio at 3:30 p.m. and The Soul Chargers round out
    the evening at 7 p.m. 200 Peachtree Street Atlanta 30303 | sweetgeorgiasjukejoint.com | 404-230-JUKE
    BLT Steak Atlanta: Chef Cyrille Holota has prepared an a la carte menu with breakfast and lunch favorites, including a Bacon & Chive
    Waffle with Slow Roasted Chicken and Eggs “W” with spinach, crabmeat and a cayenne-lemon hollandaise sauce. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., reservations are recommended.
    W Atlanta – Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta 30308 e2hospitality.com/blt-steak-atlanta | 404-577-7601
    The Shed At Glenwood: Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. including all your favorites like French Toast with Maple Georgia Pecans and Roasted Potato Hash with Spring Onions and Peppers. Brunch is $25 for adults and $12 children 10 and under. Dinner
    will be served from 5 p.m. from 9 p.m. with the regular dinner menu and Sunday specials! 475 Bill Kennedy Way SE Atlanta. 30316 |
    theshedatglenwood.com | 404-835-4363
    Canoe: Chef Carvel Grant Gould has prepared a special menu with unique dishes as well as traditional brunch favorites to treat your mother on this special day! Reservations are encouraged! 4199 Paces Ferry Rd. NW. Atlanta. 30339 | canoeatl.com | 770-432-2663
    Livingston Restaurant + Bar: From 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. for a festive spring-inspired buffet, featuring Mom’s favorites created by Chef Zeb! Enjoy a spectacular carving station, dessert display, and Bloody Mary and mimosa specials. The buffet is $35 for adults, $15 for children ages 6-12 and complimentary for
    children 5 & under. Reservations are strongly recommended. Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta 30308 | livingstonatlanta.com | 404-897-5000
    One Eared Stag: Enjoy one of Atlanta’s best and most unique brunch experiences at One Eared Stag in the heart of Inman Park. Chef Robert Phalen will create a creative, seasonal brunch beginning at 11 am. Reservations are strongly recommended. 1029 Edgewood Ave. NE Atlanta. 30307 | oneearedstag.com | 404-525-4479

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