Mothering Sunday is observed next on Sunday, March 10th, 2024 (9 days from today).
All over the world, there are millions of people who are mothers and for each parent, a mother is always the person we love, are grateful for and cherish the most.
Mother's Day has given each child more opportunities to express their love to their mother. On this day, the noble values of a mother are remembered and honored such as: sacrifice for children, caring care, teaching children, forgiveness or undying love, etc. Britain and Ireland do not celebrate "Mother's Day" on the same day as the US. Mother's Day in Ireland is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of the Christian month of Lent. In the UK, everyone calls Mother’s Day is Mothering Sunday. On "Mothering Sunday" Irish people show their love and respect with flowers and cards for Mother. They served Mother in the morning in bed and invited her to dinner. Shows and comedies are held in many places.
Mother's Day History: Mothering Sunday
Mother’s Day is celebrated earliest in ancient times in Greece. Mother’s Day in ancient times in Greece was known the day which during the annual Spring Festival. The Greeks hope making offerings to the goddesses, and also an opportunity for them to pay tribute to Rhea, wife of the god Cronus (in Greek mythology) and mother of many gods in Greek mythology, so they created Mother’s Day to express their sincerity.
Ancient Roman historians also held a spring festival, called Hilaria, in memory of Cybele, a lord. It should also be noted that the Spring Festival of Dedication to Cybele began about 250 years before Christ was born. This celebration, which began on March 15 for offerings in Cybele's temple, lasted three days and included parades, games, and masquerade balls. These celebrations created such a bad reputation that those who worshiped with Cybele were banned from entering the Roman city.
Mother's Day was celebrated by the early Christians. The early Christians’s Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent in memory of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. In the UK this holiday is celebrated to include all mothers. At that time this day was called Mothering Sunday.
The most recent history of Mother's Day dates back to the 1600s in England. This day is celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday of Lent (40 days until Easter) to honor mothers. After the vigil in memory of the Virgin Mary, the children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their mothers.
On this occasion, employees, apprentices, and workers away from home are encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and pay their respects. It is customary for children to bring gifts and a special cake or fruit cake, called a Simmel, to their mothers. Czechoslovakia and other peoples also celebrate this day similarly. The custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday was forgotten in the 19th century.
However, the day was celebrated again after the Second World War, when American soldiers brought popular customs and trade goods to advertise on the occasion.
Mother's Day in the United States was founded by Anna Jarvis. Although Anna Jarvis was never married or had any children of her own, she is considered a Mother's Day savior, a nickname given to a woman who fought so fervently for a day of gratitude mother. An impetus to celebrate Mother's Day comes from Anna Jarvis' mother, Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis, who has been cherished since childhood. As an advocate and social worker, Ms. Jarvis has expressed her wish several times that one day someone will honor mothers, alive or dead, and is grateful for their contributions in each person's life.
The indifference of the American people towards her mother and her desire to fulfill her mother's wish fueled hers.
To begin with, Anna offered carnations to the church in Graton, Virginia to pay tribute to her mother. The carnation is her mother's favorite flower and Anna considers it a symbol of a mother's passionate love. Later, Anna and her supporters wrote to high-ranking government and congressional officials as well as state officials to campaign for an official Mother's Day. Perseverance and hard work pays off. By 1911, most states of the United States of America celebrated Mother’s Day and on May 8, 1914, designating the second Sunday of May as Mother's Day was signed in resolution by President Woodrow Wilson.
How to celebrate Mothering Sunday
On Mothering Sunday, children around the world are encouraged to show their love, respect, and reverence for their mother. You can buy carnations, write handwritten letters to thank your mother for the care and love that your mother gives you. In addition, you can give gifts to thank your mother for her love and encouragement. Roses, carnations and chrysanthemums are very meaningful gifts. In addition, the British also have the custom of making Simnel cake - peach almond cake for Mother. You can also learn how to make a Simnel cake and make it for Mom.
You can also invite your Mom to a restaurant for dinner so she doesn't have to cook for this special holiday.
Either way, don't pass up this wonderful opportunity to show your love to your mother. Share your wonderful moment with your mom on this day with the hashtag #MotheringSunday.
ObservedMothering Sunday has been observed 21 days before Easter.
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