Exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, on the fourth Sunday of Lent, tomorrow Mother’s Day Sunday is celebrated in The United Kingdom and Ireland!
Mothering Sunday as it is referred to ‘across the pond’ is much like the American Mother’s Day, a day to revel in celebrating mothers and bond between a mother and her children. In fact, children in the UK and Ireland also take this day to giving flowers and cards to their MUM’s.
Yes, they call their Mother’s MUM and at The Y Life, we LOVE it!
I know you are wondering, how come we don’t celebrate our Mom’s till May? If you are wondering how this tradition began with our European friends, here is the 411…
During the 16th Century people would customarily return home to their ‘mother’ church smack in the middle of Lent, on Laetare Sunday … It began being referred to as going ‘a-mothering’. As the tradition developed, the day evolved into a family reunion of sorts, where children who lived outside of the homestead would return to spend time with their Mum’s. Inspired by Anna Jarvis’s efforts in the USA during 1914, Constance Penswick-Smith created the Mothering Sunday Movement in the United Kingdom, and in 1921 she wrote a book asking for the people of England to revive the centuries old festival traditions. It was through the influence of American and Canadian soldiers, who were serving abroad during World War II and the Day was truly revived and by the 1950s, ‘Mothering Day’ was widely celebrated across all the UK!
YFact: The American version of ‘Mother’s Day’ was proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 to fall on Sunday May 8th… The French celebrate Mum on a different day altogether – ‘Maman’s’ day is the last Sunday of May… In Spain ‘Mama’ is celebrated on December 8th, and in the case of the Spaniards pay tribute to the Virgin Mary, with religious celebrations across Spain.
Our friends across the globe have quite a few similar traditions to the America’s in that Thanking Mom for everything she does is key on this day. Flowers and cards may seem material, but for many this is the best expression for them to show Mum how they love and cherish her. Another interesting tradition is… the pastry of choice in England today, the Simnel Cake. I bet you are wondering what this is? Well, it’s a light fruit cake covered with a layer of marzipan on top and a layer of marzipan tucked into the middle of the cake! Yummy Mummy!
From The Y Life, Happy Mum’s Day!