But in Greece, mothers have always occupied positions of honor, and one of the most famous mothers, Demeter, had days of festivals and celebrations in May marking the successful conclusion of a very complicated mother-daughter tale, that of the Abduction of Persephone. Some take the origins of the holiday back still farther, to Rhea, Mother of Zeus, and to the mother-goddess honoring culture of the ancient Minoans on the island of Crete.
In Greek Orthodox tradition, February 2nd, the Presentation of Jesus to the Temple, is sometimes seen as a version of "Mother's Day" without its secular and commercial components.
How to Greek Up Your Mother's Day Celebration
- Rent "Mamma Mia the Movie!" or take mom to see the live musical.
- Bring baklava instead of candy
- Take her out for a Greek dinner
If you're traveling in Greece, the major international hotels will usually offer special mother's day dinners and other festivities.
And if you're traveling in Greece without your mother? Here's how to call home! Being in Greece is no excuse not to call your mother on Mother's Day.