Love your mum


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 Bianca Jones explores Mother’s Day origins

We’re all lucky enough to have a mother, but mothers have several different celebrations to celebrate their mothering-awesomeness! Mother’s Day as we now know it is actually a combination of a Christian tradition and also a secular tradition started in the USA.

In the UK during the sixteenth century, people returned to their home or mother church, for a service traditionally held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Anyone who did this was said to have gone “a-mothering”, and is how the day came to be known as ‘Mothering Sunday’. As our society became more secular, the custom of observing Mothering Sunday fell out of use, but its revival was mainly due to the influence of American and Canadian soldiers serving in Europe during World War II, who celebrated their home-grown version of Mothering Sunday, ‘Mother’s Day’.

Love your mum

In the USA Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century thanks to Anna Jarvis, who doted on her own mother and campaigned to make Mother’s Day a recognised holiday in the US. Anna noted that your mother is, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world” and worked tirelessly to make Mother’s Day a reality. The original premise of the day was to hand write a personal letter to your mother to express love, gratitude and appreciation.

As ‘Mother’s Day’ became popular in other countries, the date of changed to fit in with existing mothering celebrations such as Mothering Sunday in the UK. Now Mothering Sunday is often referred to as ‘Mother’s Day’ even though the two celebrations are unrelated.

We love that the two celebrations have merged into a larger, almost worldwide celebration of mothers but still retains the essence of appreciation and love for a mother. We’re off to hand write our Mother’s Day letters now, as Anna’s story has left us feeling inspired!

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