Mothering Sunday is a Christian celebration, which we Brits celebrate exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday.
It was originally a day for Christians to visit their ‘mother’ church. Traditionally, domestic servants were given the day off to return to their hometown and worship with their families. On their way home, these youths would pick wild flowers to place in the church – or give to their mums.
The day has since evolved into an occasion for kids to honour and give presents to their hardworking mums, and has lost a lot of its religious meaning.
Why does the date of Mother’s Day change each year?
Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK since the 16th century, but the date changes annually.
This is because it is linked to Easter, which is different each year as it is determined by the lunar calendar. It always falls on the fourth Sunday during the period of Lent, when people typically give up things like certain foods or bad habits for the days leading up to Easter.
In America, Mother’s Day was established in 1914 – thanks to campaigns by the mums’ groups which were established during the Civil War.
Anna Jarvis, the leader of this movement, campaigned for a May date in memory of her own mum – who had died that month.
President Wilson formalised the date, but Anna later became dissatisfied with the commercialisation around Mother’s Day. She believed the original sentiment of love and family had been sacrificed for profit.
“A printed card means nothing,” she said, “except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” Many other countries have since adopted America’s date.
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Its a a mothering sunday today and it’s going to be another celebration by May… Let’s keep them mothers happy