In the United Kingdom (England) the Mother's Day is celebrated as the 'Mothering Sunday'. The United Kingdom will celebrate 'Mothering Sunday' (Mother's Day), 2013 on 22nd March.
Mothering Sunday 2013
In England the early Christians used to celebrate the Mother's
festival. They celebrated this festival in order to honor Mother
Mary, who is the mother of Jesus Christ. They decided to celebrate
this festival on the fourth Sunday of 'Lent'. 'Lent' is the 40-day
period, which leads up to Easter. It is interesting to know that
later a religious order stretched this holiday to include all the
mothers into this festival. And hence this occasion was named as the
Gradually this festival gained so much importance that people
working out of their homes were expected to return to the "Mother"
church. The "Mother" church is believed to have the
spiritual power that not only gave all those people life but also
protected them from any harm or so called danger. And this unique
festival turned out to be an occasion for family reunions.
On this day people started attending church services in honor of the
Virgin Mary. And later this practice became a tradition. This
festival gained so much significance that it was treated as the day
when apprentices, servants and children specifically those working
as domestic helps or as trainees, were given the day off so that
they could visit their mother and family. These people, realizing
the warmth of the occasion used to come back home with several
gifts, flowers and unique Mothering Day cakes to celebrate their
reunion. This day became an occasion when people could spend one
special day with their mothers. Even today the Mother's Day
celebrations means the time for the children to express their love
and concern towards their moms. And they do so by giving presents,
flowers and other home made cards and crafts to their mothers.
MOTHERS DAY 2013