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Everything you need to know about Mother’s Day

·2-min read
Photo credit: Ariel Skelly - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ariel Skelly - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Every year all over the world, people celebrate their mums and mother figures on a special day known as Mother’s Day.

Unlike Christmas, Mother’s Day is celebrated on a different date each year in the UK as it is linked to Easter, falling on the fourth Sunday during the period of lent (where people traditionally give up something for six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday).

Mother’s Day isn’t the same in every country though, so to make sure you don’t get mixed up here’s everything you need to know about Mother’s Day in the UK, including why it's celebrated…

When is Mother’s Day in the UK?

This year Mother’s Day will be celebrated in the UK on Sunday 14 March.

The date always falls three weeks before Easter, therefore because Easter changes each year so does Mother’s Day.

Photo credit: Luis Alvarez - Getty Images
Photo credit: Luis Alvarez - Getty Images

Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?

Traditionally, Mother’s Day was known as ‘Mothering Sunday’ when Christians were encouraged to visit their mother church where they were baptised. Children who worked were given the day off to be with their loved ones and would present their mum with flowers and bake them a simnel cake (a light fruit cake with a layer of marzipan through the middle). However, it is now accustomed for people to honour their mums with cards and token gifts as a way to show their appreciation for them.

In the US, though Mother's Day, was founded by a woman called Anna Jarvis in 1908 to honour mothers and holds no religious ties. Jarvis' mother had wanted to see the establishment of such a holiday in the US, and after her mother's death, she led the movement for the commemoration.

Mother's Day: When is it celebrated in various countries?

Mother’s Day is celebrated from February to May in many countries. Here’s a list of dates so you don’t get confused:

  • Israel - 12th February

  • Middle East - 21 March

  • Spain - 2 May

  • Portugal - 2 May

  • Hungary - 2 May

  • US - 9 May

  • Australia - 9 May

  • Austria - 9 May

  • Switzerland - 9 May

  • Germany - 9 May

  • Greece - 9 May

  • France - 30 May

Happy Mother's Day!


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