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What is Mother's Day?

PostsPosted by Annie Bennett Sun, March 06, 2016 17:38:24

Mother's Day is a modern celebration honoring one's mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It is a day of the year on which mothers are particularly honoured by their children. In North America and South Africa it is the second Sunday in May; in Britain it has become another term for Mothering Sunday.

The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century; it is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a celebration of the mother church, not motherhood).[1][2][3][4] Despite this, in some countries, Mother's Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.

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Mothering Sunday is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. Public transport services run to their usual Sunday timetables. Cafes, restaurants and hotels may be fully booked a long time ahead, as many people treat their mother to a special meal on Mothering Sunday. Those wishing to eat in a restaurant on Mother's Day may need to reserve a table in advance.


Mothering Sunday was originally a time when people returned to the church, in which they were baptized or where they attended services when they were children. This meant that families were reunited as adults returned to the towns and villages where they grew up. In time, it became customary for young people who were working as servants in large houses, to be given a holiday on Mothering Sunday. They could use this day to visit their own mother and often took a gift of food or hand-me-down clothing from their employers to her. In turn, this moved towards the modern holiday, on which people still visit and take gifts to their mothers.

Traditionally, people observed a fast during Lent. Lent is the period from Ash Wednesday until Good Friday. During the Lent fast, people did not eat from sweet, rich foods or meat. However, the fast was lifted slightly on Mothering Sunday and many people prepared a Simnel cake to eat with their family on this day.

A Simnel cake is a light fruit cake covered with a layer of marzipan and with a layer of marzipan baked into the middle of the cake. Traditionally, Simnel cakes are decorated with 11 or 12 balls of marzipan, representing the 11 disciples and, sometimes, Jesus Christ. One legend says that the cake was named after Lambert Simnel who worked in the kitchens of Henry VII of England sometime around the year 1500.

See this link by The Telegraph:
Today is Mother’s Day!

Mothering Sunday is always held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually falls in the second half of March or early April.

Mothering Sunday - or Mother's Day - is a celebration of mothers and the maternal bond, and traditionally children give flowers, presents and cards to their mothers, and other maternal figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law.

See this link on the history of Mother's Day:

Mother's Day History
Origin of Mother's Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans. But the roots of Mother's Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of the day in US. However, the celebration of the festival as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Thanks to the hard work of the pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day came into existence. Today the festival of Mothers day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers, thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and being their constant support and well wisher.

The Guardian has written this post, 'Why Mother’s Day is about love, not how hot you look':

I have celebrated Mother's Day with my mother today with a bunch of multi coloured carnations and she was very happy. How did you celebrate Mother's Day? I am not being funny but my father does not seem bothered about Father's Day but my mother she always wants to be made important on that day. Is it the same with you? Maybe I am wrong and it is just different for me. The day is near end though it has not yet ended. If you are a mother or you are going to be a mother or you are thinking of your mother as she is not here, I wish you the best.

Mum's are lovely, kind and they give their life for us. It is hard to say how we feel to them sometimes, at least it is for me, but I think my mum knows how I feel about her. I reckon that's what makes her a mum, because she always knows what her children are thinking even though we do not talk about our problems. After all, she made us didn't she? I know she does not know some things that may be on our mind especially when we are adults ourselves but I believe that is because we try to block things from her on a telepathic level. I think we do this without realising it. Children block nothing as they are innocent. If you have lost your mum, reading this may be painful. I would like to say that your mother is in heaven watching over you today.

We are all very lucky if we have our mothers with us so we must celebrate this day with her, even if she is not here with you and she is abroad. Celebrate a mother's love. See these 50 Mother's Day Quotes And Sayings For Cards, Texts And Social Media:

Some of the quotes are:

1. "Mom, you have been the most influential person in my life. I appreciate all the sacrifices you made to raise me. Happy Mother's Day."

2. "Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own." -- Aristotle

3. "Thanks for everything that you have done for me, and all that you are still doing."

While children shower their mothers with gifts each year, the most thoughtful part of Mother's Day is when they write cards. In fact, Hallmark estimates that 133 million cards are exchanged every Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day!

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