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Mother's Day

On May 12, 2019 is Mother's Day! Then the breakfast table for mum is lovingly set again, beautiful pictures are painted, bouquets of flowers and chocolates are bought. And certainly a certain Heintje will also smash his immortal “mama“ in some households. In this special we want to give you a few tips on what you can do in Frankfurt on Mother's Day. We would also like to highlight the origins of Mother's Day.

Mother's Day in Frankfurt

In Frankfurt there are many nice ways to pamper the mothers on this Sunday. Flowers always conjure up a happy smile on the faces of the recipient. Where you can get especially beautiful flowers in Frankfurt, we'll tell you HERE. 

If you don't want to set a rich breakfast table yourself, you are invited to a relaxed Mother's Day brunch. Also here there are especially nice offers, for example: 

Mother's Day Brunch at The Westin Grand

From 11:30 - 14:30 you can spoil your mother, wife or girlfriend with a culinary bouquet. From 11.30 am you will be served an Apéritif at the GrandSeven. Afterwards a brunch buffet and live piano music await you in the restaurant motions. 

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Mother's Day Special - The New Orleans Brunch at King Creole 

The Creole restaurant in Eckenheim offers a very special Mother's Day treat: Here you can enjoy delicious traditional dishes of the Cajun & Creole Cuisine from the buffet with the whole family. 

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Further top tips for a brunch in Frankfurt can be found HERE

Who wants it a bit more exclusive, will find an exquisite menu:

Mothersday menu at the Grand Hotel Hessischer Hof

On the 12th day of pregnancy In May all mums will be spoiled here at 12.00 and 18.30 with light spring dishes, prepared with an extra portion of love. The whole thing costs 75.00 euros per person including aperitif, four-course menu, wine, mineral water and coffee. 

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Mother's Day - food like Mom's in the restaurant Schönemann

In the restaurant you can enjoy delicious food in "Family Style": It's shared and everyone eats what they like - just like at home. This communicative menu costs 69 € per person.

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Tour tips:

After a brunch or before going out to eat a nice trip would be just the right thing for a successful Mother's Day. Our tips:

Round trips with the PRIMUS LINIE 

Discovers Frankfurt from another side. Enjoy a romantic tour on the Main - cosy, relaxing and simply beautiful!  

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A visit to the Palm Garden

Here not only the many beautiful flowers and exotic plants create a particularly atmospheric atmosphere. On Mother's Day there will also be an interesting guided tour “How plants become mothers“ (11:00 - 12:30). The guided tour is included in the entrance fee. 

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Origin of Mother's Day

Now that we've given you a few tips for Mother's Day, we want to get to the bottom of this question: Where does this tradition actually come from? As with many of our celebrations and days of honour today, their origins can already be found in antiquity. The primordial mother of the ancient Greeks was the goddess Rhea (Rhea means: river of life), daughter of Uranus and Gaea, and mother of all deities and goddesses. The mother cult in her honour was celebrated during a large spring festival. 

To this end, the Encyclopedia Britannica (1959, vol. 15, p. 849): 

„A feast derived from the custom of the mother cult in ancient Greece. A formal mother cult with ceremonies for Kybele or Rhea, the great mother of the gods, was performed on the Ides of March all over Asia Minor." 

In England in the 13th century, the Cult of the Covenant of Love was celebrated on the Ides of March." 

In England in the 13th century, the Covenant of Love was celebrated. At the end of the 19th century Sunday Laetare was celebrated as "mothering sunday", on which one thanked the mother church for her motherhood and as a result also gave thanks to the biological mother: "Every Mid-Lent Sunday is a great day at Worcester, when all the children and grantchildren meet at the head and chief of the family and have a feast. They call it Mothering Day." 

The Sunday meant here (Lätare) was used by children living abroad to visit their parents (go a-mothering) and to thank their mother with small gifts. 

In Thuringia, Lätare (Mid-Lent Sunday) was a common visiting day with generous hospitality from relatives.  

Similar traditions are known from Champagne and Wallonia. 

Already Frankfurt's poet prince Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote as a kind of homage to his mother: 

"From the father have´ I the stature,

of life,

from the mother the cheerful nature,

the desire to invent." 

And an old folk heritage expresses motherly love as follows: 

Live happy, live cheerful,

live on in health,

live many years still!

Dear Mother, Long Live!

Where does Mother's Day come from?

1872 writer and women's rights activist Julia Ward Howe came to the public with the demand that American mothers should have an official holiday.

Anna Jarvis from Philadelphia took up the idea again and celebrated the 9th anniversary of the birth of the American woman. In May 1907 - the 2nd anniversary of her mother's death - she held a thanksgiving service in the church of her home town of Grafton, West Virginia, and launched an initiative to introduce an official holiday in honour of the mothers. Mother´s Day“ started in 1908 first only in Philadelphia, in the following year already 45 American states took over this day of remembrance. 

The advertising campaign was finally crowned with success when President Woodrow Wilson on 8. In addition to the custom of wearing a coloured carnation in honour of the living mothers on that day or a white carnation in memory of those who had already died, the sending or handing over of Mother's Day cards also prevailed from then on.

After the First World War, Mother's Day was also able to establish itself on the European mainland.

First in Switzerland (1917) and Scandinavia (1918/19), then in Germany in 1923, where it was established by the Verband Deutscher Blumengeschäftinhaber (Association of German Flower Shop Owners). 

> In the "Third Reich" in 1933 the National Socialists declared the Family Day a national holiday (second Sunday in May) and abused it for their mother cult ideology. 

With the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949, Mother's Day again became a purely private holiday. In the former GDR, however, Mother's Day was not officially celebrated. It was replaced by International Women's Day on 8 March. 2 Sunday in May is now celebrated as Mother's Day. However, if Mother's Day falls on Whitsunday, Mother's Day may be postponed to the previous Sunday. However, Mother's Day was not postponed in 2008 although it fell on Whitsunday. 

Even today, more flowers are given on Mother's Day than on Valentine's Day.

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