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Mother's Day, or Mothering Sunday in the UK and Ireland, is a day to show and thanks to all wonderful mums everywhere. But did you know Mothering Sunday and Mother's Day both have different origins?
Since the 16th century, Mothering Sunday has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Originally it had a religious purpose as it was a time for all people to return to the main church of their family’s area, their ‘mother church’. This meant families could get together and children who worked away from home got a chance to see their mum.
Over time, this religious celebration of a mother church also became an occasion to thank all mothers: Mothering Sunday.
By 1935, Mothering Sunday was not celebrated as much in the UK. However, in WWII, the British saw the Americans and Canadians celebrating Mother’s Day. Those soldiers were away from home and wanted to remember and celebrate their mothers. This gave a new lease of life to our celebration and once more we take time to remember all of our mums on Mother’s Day.