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Mothering Sunday is a time when children pay respect to their Mothers. Children often give their Mothers a gift and a card.
Mothering Sunday church service Many churches give the children in the congregation a little bunch of spring flowers to give to their Mothers as a thank you for all their care and love throughout the year.
Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day) is always the fourth Sunday of Lent .
2009 Mothering Sunday in UK in 2009 - 22 March (Mother's Day in US in 2009 - 10 May) 2010 Mothering Sunday in UK in 2010 - 14 March (Mother's Day in US in 2010 - 9 May) 2011 Mothering Sunday in UK in 2011 - 3 April (Mother's Day in US in 2011 - 8 May)
Why is Mothering Sunday on different dates each year?
Mothering Sunday is not a fixed day because it is always the middle Sunday in Lent (which lasts from Ash Wednesday to the day before Easter Sunday). This means that Mother's Day in the UK will fall on different dates each year and sometimes even fall in different months.
Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK on the fourth Sunday in Lent since at least the 16th century.
Mothering Sunday was also known as ' Refreshment Sunday ' or ' Mid-Lent Sunday '. It was often called Refreshment Sunday because the fasting rules for Lent were relaxed, in honour of the 'Feeding of the Five Thousand', a story in the Christian Bible.
No one is absolutely certain exactly how the idea of Mothering Sunday began. However, it is known that on this day, about four hundred years ago, people made a point of visiting their nearest big church (the Mother Church). A cathedral is a very large church and the 'mother church' of all other churches in an area ('diocese'). Canterbury Cathedral is pictured below. Chiddingstone church is pictured right.
People who visited their mother church would say they had gone "a mothering."
Young British girls and boys 'in service' (maids and servants) were only allowed one day to visit their family each year. This was usually Mothering Sunday. Often the housekeeper or cook would allow the maids to bake a cake to take home for their mother. Sometimes a gift of eggs; or flowers from the garden (or hothouse) was allowed. Flowers were traditional, as the young girls and boys would have to walk home to their village, and could gather them on their way home through the meadows. coyright
MOTHERS DAY OTHER’S DAY IS FOR KINDNESS. F PEACEFUL CALM TIME. HE MOTHES HAVE COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO RELAX. ERE IS THE DAY THAT WE ARE ANGELS. VER YOU’RE DOWN YOU SHOULD BE SMILEY. ELY ON YOUR MOTHER AND DON’T LET HER DOWN. MILE FOR HER TODAY. ON’T LET HER BE SAD, KEEP HER FROM BEING MAD. ND MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT BAD. OU’RE SURE TO MAKE HER HAPPY!