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The History of Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day has not always been the holiday we celebrate today. While the main goal of the holiday is to celebrate the wonderful woman or women who shaped you into the person you are today, it’s also important to understand how this holiday came to be.
Throughout the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days of the year. For example, in the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of May, while other countries choose to celebrate Mother’s Day on March 8, which is also known as International Women’s Day. In the UK and Ireland, however, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, and this tradition dates back to the 16th century.
Mother’s Day originated as Mothering Sunday, and unlike the modern holiday, this day was not used to celebrate the woman who gave you birth. Instead, Mothering Sunday was observed during Lent, and it was a day in which people would visit their “mother” church. The “mother” church was either the church where someone was baptised, or the nearest parish or cathedral.
During the 16th century, many people worked as servants, and on Mothering Sunday, they would receive the day off in order to visit their “mother” church with their families. This often was a cause for celebration, as many families had conflicting schedules, and Mothering Sunday was the one day a year in which they could all spend time together.
The large numbers of children working as servants during this time were also released on Mothering Sunday to visit church with their families. As they walked to the church, children would pick wild flowers that they would either leave at the church, or give to their mothers. Over time, this small act of picking flowers evolved, and it became tradition for children to give small gifts to their mothers on Mothering Sunday.
Becoming Mother’s Day
It wasn’t until the 1920s that Mothering Sunday started to transform into the Mother’s Day that we celebrate today. In the United States, a woman by the name of Anna Jarvis created a holiday called Mother’s Day. Jarvis’s mother had expressed a desire to celebrate all of the mothers in the world, and upon her death, Anna decided to start a movement to make Mother’s Day a reality.
After Mother’s Day was established in the United States, an English woman by the name of Constance Adelaide Smith, inspired by the efforts of Jarvis, published a booklet titled “The Revival of Mothering Sunday.” This booklet inspired a movement encouraging the festivities of Mothering Sunday, as well as the incorporation of the traditions celebrated in the United States. By the 1950s, people all across the UK were celebrating Mother’s Day by visiting church with their families and giving gifts to their mothers.