Ok so here in The UK, Mother's Day, sometimes called Mothering Sunday is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent, three weeks before Easter Sunday.
It usually falls in the second half of March or at the beginning of April. Mother's Day dates are different all over the world. It all seems a bit daft really as how much better would it be to have a universal Mothering Sunday! No need to check on Google every year then!
Mother's Day is celebrated all over the world obviously. It seems to be pretty much a universal thing for cultures to put a day aside one day each year to celebrate motherhood and to honour the special woman who miraculously gave birth to you: your mother. The most common date worldwide for Mother's Day is the second Sunday in May. This is the American date (and the Australian date, for that matter!), and here's how it came about.
The pilgrim fathers who first travelled to over to America didn't take Mothering Sunday with them - probably because they wanted to disassociate themselves from British traditions. Many, many years later, in 1908, Mrs Anna Jarvis set up Mother's Day as the Americans know it today, for the second Sunday in May and this has been the date for Mother's Day in America and lots of other countries since then. As early as 1920 though, Anna was disappointed by how commercialised it had become, and she is not the only one.
In some countries the date for Mother's Day was changed to a date that was significant to the majority religion, such as Virgin Mary Day in Catholic countries. Ex-communist countries usually celebrate the socialist International Women's Day instead of the more capitalist Mother's Day. Russia, for example, still follows this custom. Mother's Day is most commonly celebrated in spring so this means different months depending on where you are in the world. In Argentina it's in October and in Indonesia it's in December! Some countries however have chosen a date with historical significance, hence Bolivia's Mother's Day is the date of a battle in which women participated.
Giving flowers is a popular gift option for Mum in many countries as it's pretty simple. Pick your own, grow your own or just get them delivered. We suggest www.freshflowers.com.au for Aussie readers and of course good old Amazon is always a reliable source for gifts for all occasions. We also have our very own 'Laura Loves' Mother's Day Gift Guide!
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