Did you know that in the UK, Mother’s Day is known as ‘Mothering Sunday’? Mothering Sunday is an ancient Christian holiday that falls on the fourth Sunday in lent. As such, the date moves with Easter dates and therefore can fall anywhere between the start of March to the middle of April.
Mothering Sunday began as far back as the 16th century when traditionally people returned to their “Mother” church which was usually the nearest large church or more often, cathedral. Servants were also given a day off to go home to attend their mother church and spend some rare free time with their families. Children would traditionally honour their mothers by presenting them with cards, gifts, and flowers on Mothering Sunday.
Meanwhile, Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring mothers and motherhood, and their role in society. Mother’s Day originated in the US and was first celebrated in 1908. It was introduced by Ana Jarvis who held a memorial for her own mother following her death. Ana then campaigned to make Mother’s Day a recognised holiday in the United States and was successful in 1914 when president Woodrow declared Mother’s Day to be a national holiday celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May.
In Australia, the tradition of giving gifts to mothers was started by Mrs. Janet Heyden in Sydney in 1924. Mrs. Heyden began the tradition when visiting a patient at the Newington State Home for Women where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. She rallied support and donations from local schools and businesses, and even gained support from the mayor for the project.
While some countries including Australia celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day as the US, other countries have adopted the holiday but changed the date to fit previously existing celebrations honouring motherhood, such as Mothering Sunday in the UK. Mothering Sunday this year falls on the 26th of March, whilst Mother’s Day in Australia is on Sunday 14th of May.
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