The United Kingdom celebrates Mother’s day different from most countries across the globe. To them, it is Mothering Sunday that is Mother’s Day. It is a celebration held to honour mothers and other maternal figures. This year is was on the 31st of March, 2019.
Mothering Sunday – as it is traditionally known – is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is three weeks before Easter Sunday.
In the UK, Mother’s Day was originally a day for Christians to visit their ‘mother’ church back home during the holy month of Lent.
In the past, domestic servants were given the day off to return to their hometown and worship with their families.
On their way home, these youths would pick wild flowers to place in the church – or give to their mums.
Now, in 2019, it is used for children and adults alike to give presents to their hardworking mums – often cards with chocolates and flowers.
Everywhere else across the world, people follow the American Mother’s Day which doesn’t have any religious sentiments.
In America, Mother’s Day was established in 1914 by President Woodrow after a campaign by social activist Anna Jarvis who is also formally known as the Mother of Mother’s Day.
She and other like her including mum groups established during the Civil War campaigned strong and hard. The movement was initiated by Anna Jarvis, in memory of her own mum – who had died in May.
Unfortunately Anna was not satisfied with the commercialisation around Mother’s Day brought about after the formalization by President Woodrow. She believed the original sentiment of love and family had been sacrificed for profit.
In her own words, “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”
A lot of countries across the world including many in Europe and across the world have also adopted the US date. Other countries due to celebrate Mother’s Day this year on May 13 include Australia, Germany, Japan, India, South Africa and Turkey.