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Mother’s Day 2018: What is Mothering Sunday? Why is it held on different days? | Life | Life & Style

Mums across the UK will be showered with cards, chocolates and flowers on Sunday as their hard work and dedication is rewarded by their children, who wish to say a big thank you.

The date is also a chance to celebrate other maternal figures including grandmothers and legal guardians.

Mother’s Day 2018 falls on Sunday, March 11 in the UK this year.

What is Mothering Sunday? Is it the same thing as Mother’s Day?

Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday traditionally observed as a day when people would visit their “mother” church in the 16th century.

Domestic servants were often given permission by their employers to return home and worship with their loved ones.

As the custom is linked to the calendar, the date changes every year and it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which is three weeks before Easter Sunday.

The custom had lapsed in Ireland and parts of Europe by the early twentieth century but was revived by Anna Jarvis in the United States and Constance Penswick-Smith in the UK, who created the Mothering Sunday Movement.

Its practices were revived by American and Canadian soldiers during World War II and began to be merged with other traditions, before commercialisation followed in the mid-twentieth century.

Mothering Sunday has now become synonymous with honouring the mothers of children and is now generally referred to as Mother’s Day, although the two were originally different celebrations.

Why is it celebrated on different dates in the UK and US?

In the and many destinations around the globe, Mother’s Day 2018 is celebrated on a different day to that in the UK.

This year, the international Mothering Sunday will fall on Sunday, May 13.

President Wilson formalised the date in the US with many other countries adopting the same one.

Other countries due to celebrate Mother’s Day this year on May 13 include Australia, Germany, Japan, India, South Africa and Turkey.


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