In the UK, Mother’s Day is traditionally referred to as Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday has been celebrated for many centuries and is part of the Christian tradition. This day always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent.

UK Mother's Day

Ideally one doesn’t need reasons for celebrating Mother’s Day and appreciating one’s mother and showering her with gifts. However, there is quite a history behind the origin of ‘UK Mother’s Day’ and as this day draws near, the time seems perfect to know that how this day came to be known as ‘Mothering Sunday’.

Like the rest of Europe, England and Ireland observed the mid-Lent holiday and honored and decorated their “Mother Church,” the church where they were baptized. The church eventually extended the observation to honor all mothers. The English called this Mothering Sunday and, in the 1700’s they observed it by taking a break from the fasting and penitence of Lent and having a family feast.

Winchester Cathedral, UK

            Winchester Cathedral as ‘Mother Church’, UK

Children would make a rare journey home from their apprenticeships and jobs to spend the day with their mother and family. Mothering Sunday fell out of practice in the early 1900’s. After WWII, however, the islanders once again picked up the tradition, inspired largely by the United States. Today UK Mother’s Day continues in much the same way as the old tradition, with cards and dinners in honor of Mothers.

In addition, cakes and flowers — especially violets — are given to Moms on Mother’s Day in the United Kingdom. It is customary to serve Simnel Cake, a glazed fruitcake inspired by a folk tale about a married couple, Simon and Nell. This pair could not decide whether to bake or broil a cake, so in the end they ended up doing both. Thus Simnel Cake was born.

From gift ideas and picturesque places to visit with your mom to the perfect flowers for the occasion, there are many ways in which you can show your mom your affection, gratitude and love and make Mother’s Day special. Celebrate your special bond with your mom this Mother’s Sunday with delectable hampers, enticing cakes or stunning ensembles that have been crafted specially with love and a whole lot of warmth. This year in 2013, UK Mother’s Day will be celebrated on 10th March whereas in 2014 it will be celebrated on 30th March.

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HAPPY MOTHERING SUNDAY was last modified: March 7th, 2013 by Flora2000

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