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Mothering Sunday Tomorrow


Get in the good books with your mum tomorrow and don’t forget to get her a card and some flowers.

History/Origin of Mothering Sunday
The history of Mothering Sunday in the UK is centuries old. It goes back to the time of early Christians in England who celebrated a Mothers festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honour of the Virgin Mary.

The origin of Mothering Sunday can also be traced to the 1600s, children after the age of ten left their homes for jobs as apprentice or domestic servants. It was considered important by the people that these children be allowed to visit their home and mother church once a year. Accordingly, once in a year, in the middle of the Lent the children were given leave by their employers to visit their "Mother Church" or Cathedral of their hometown. These children on their visit to their homes took along gifts, flowers and special cakes for their mothers. These visits became a time for family reunions.

When is Mothering Sunday ?
The date of Mothering Sunday in the UK varies every year. Mothering Sunday in England is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter). Since the date of the festival falls half way between Shrove Tuesday and Good Friday in the middle of  Lent Mothering Sunday is also called Mid-Lent Sunday. And as the day of Lent and Easter varies every year so also the day of Mothering Sunday.

“Now you know you have no excuse to forget to buy your mum something” say’s Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.


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