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Mother's Day

When is Motherís Day?

Britain differs from most of the rest of the world by celebrating Motherís Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent, three weeks before Easter Sunday. In 2022 Motherís Day will be on Sunday 27th March.

In the USA and many other countries Motherís Day is on the second Sunday in May, while in some East European countries it is combined with International Womenís Day on 8th March. In the Arab world Motherís Day frequently coincides with the Spring Equinox on 21st March. Elsewhere it is celebrated on many different dates.

Mother's Day

What is Motherís Day?

Motherís Day, (also known as Mothering Sunday) is a time of special appreciation for mothers and all mother-figures including step-mothers, foster mothers and grandmothers. On this day people visit their mother, bringing a card or gift and sometimes taking her out for lunch or tea. Those who canít visit might send cards or flowers. Children make cards and gifts, often helped by their schools or playgroup. Another common tradition is to treat their mother to breakfast in bed, marking the start of a relaxing day free of chores.

Of course Motherís Day is a bonanza for businesses: florists, greetings card manufacturers, chocolatiers, restaurants and pubs all benefit from extra spending at this time.

Mother's Day Traditions

Why is Motherís Day on the fourth Sunday in Lent?

In Victorian Britain the fourth Sunday in Lent was a dayís holiday for young people working as servants in large houses. The day was known as Mothering Sunday and the daughters and sons would go home to visit their mothers, often taking a bunch of flowers picked from the wayside or a gift of food or clothing from their employers.

When was Motherís Day first celebrated?

The celebration originated in Britain in the sixteenth century when people would return once a year during Lent to the place they were born or where they grew up, in order to attend a service at their Ďmother churchí. The service was in praise of the coming-together of families. Out of this grew the tradition of the Mothering Sunday holiday when young people returned home to visit their mothers.

In many other countries, Motherís Day is a twentieth century invention. It was first celebrated in America in 1907 when Anna Jarvis held a small event in memory of her mother Ann Jarvis, who helped to reduce disease and infant mortality in her local area by organising work clubs to improve health and cleanliness. This event was the first step in Annaís campaign to instigate a day to celebrate every mother.

Interesting Facts about Motherís Day

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