Last Updated: 22/03/2017
Tags: Making Plans For Mothers Day
Mothering Sunday has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, in the UK and Ireland, since the 16th century. This year it falls on Sunday 26th March and is a day to show love, gratitude and appreciation to mums everywhere, through acts of kindness, the giving of gifts and a feast.
Mothering Sunday and Mother's Day have different origins, although they represent the same meaning. Mother's Day celebrations date back to the ancient Greeks where they would celebrate Rhea, the Mother of the Gods and Goddesses, every spring with festivals of worship. The Romans also celebrated a mother Goddess, Cybele, every March as far back as 250BC.
Later came Mothering Sunday and it too had religious origins. Held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was a originally a day to honour the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary. To do this people were required people to visit their 'mother' church, the main church or cathedral in a family's area. As Christianity spread throughout Europe in the 16th century the celebrations increased and put Mothering Sunday permanently on the calendar. The gatherings reunited families and gave children who worked as domestic servants, or as apprentices sometimes mile from home (from as early as ten years old), the opportunity to have the day off to visit their family and see their mother.
As with any national holiday, food always seems to take centre stage and a Mother's Day Sunday roast has become traditional. Good job there are plenty of great gastro pubs and good restaurants in South West London to book in with.