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Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day is a day where we all take some time and show our apperception to the mothers in our lives. Weather it’s to our biological mum or a motherly figure in our life that’s always been there through thick and thin.
In this blog post we’ll share where the term “Mothering Sunday” comes from, the history and meaning behind this meaningful day.
Mother's Day in different countries
Mothering Sunday is a day that falls on different date depending on where you live. For example, UK & Ireland celebrate this day on the 19th of March 2023, USA, Denmark, Germany & Australia celebrate it on the 14th of May 2023, Sweden on the 28th of May, France on the 4th of June and so on…
The history of Mothering Sunday
During the 16th century, people in the UK used to travel home to their hometowns on the 4th Sunday in Lent to spend time with their families. They went to a service held by their “mother church” together with their families and this was usually the church where you were baptised, or whichever church or cathedral that was closest to your home. This was called “a-mothering” and people thought it was important for people to get together with their families on this special occasion.. which we now can thank them for.
It became an occasion where children, who worked as domestic servants away from home, the chance to have the day off to join their family and see their mother. Shortly, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition we see today with gift giving and flower deliveries.
When Mothering Sunday became Mother’s Day
The term Mother’s Day and what it looks like today first came about in 1908 in USA. It was created by a lady by the name of Anna Jarvis from Grafton, in West Virginia. Anna Jarvis created this holiday to honour all mothers after sadly losing her own. After a lot of hard work, President Woodrow Wilson made it an official holiday in America in 1914.