Mothering Sunday is the equivalent of Mother's Day in the USA. Mothering Sunday is always the fourth Sunday in Lent.
Do you have a problem remembering the date? It's the middle Sunday of Lent, but that still requires some thought. Living in the USA, we don't have signs in all the stores to remind us.
Did your Mom teach you the rhyme that figures it all out? Mine did.
Start from Easter Sunday, and work backwards.
The British celebration has origins all the way back to pre-Christian times with a Spring festival dedicated to Mother Goddesses. In the Middle Ages, it was called "Refreshment Sunday," because the fasting rules of Lent were relaxed, in honor of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. Everyone visited their "Mother Church" where they were baptized.
This Sunday gradually became a time for the whole family to spend together and give gifts and flowers to their Mothers.
Servants and laborers were given time off to go home.
DON'T FORGET YOUR MOTHER ON . . . .
March 26th, 2017
March 11th, 2018
March 31st, 2019
Remember . . . when US Mother's Day comes around in May, don't forget to buy a card to send to your Mother in the UK NEXT year. Then don't forget where you put it! If by some change you didn't do that last year, I have found that most Hallmark stores are very cooperative, and will let you poke around in their box of Mother's Day cards from the previous year. I've done that before.
Now that communication has improved, and telephoning the UK is just like calling next door, we have lots of choices for Mother's Day gifts. You can call your Mom's local florist and arrange for a delivery of flowers. Or you can call your Mom's favorite restaurant, and they will be glad to mail a Gift Certificate. If you want to buy merchandise (perfume, a book, lingerie, chocolates) you can order from a UK website, and arrange for delivery. Lucky Mom!