Confused about Mother?s Day too?
The United Kingdom and Ireland celebrated Mothering Sunday on March 6 which is also celebrated as Mother?s Day in these countries. Mothering Sunday is a celebration of mothers and the maternal bond, and traditionally children give flowers, presents and cards to their mothers, and other maternal figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law.
Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday that is always held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually falls in the second half of March or early April.
It began as a custom in the 16th century when people returned to their ?mother? church on Laetare Sunday in the middle of Lent. Those who did so were said to have gone ?a-mothering?.
It became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, which turned into a family reunion for workers to meet their mothers and other family members. People would pick up wild flowers or violets along their way to church to give to their mothers as a small gift.
Mothering Sunday, however, isn?t the correct day for the Mother?s day celebration since it is more of a celebration of the mother church than to honor maternity.
So when is Mother?s Day exactly?
The modern American holiday of Mother?s Day is celebrated every second Sunday of May, which falls on May 8, 2016 this year. It is a celebration honoring one’s mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in the society.
The celebration of the holiday began in the United States in the early 20th century after activist Anna Jarvis campaigned for an official date to honor mothers. It was first celebrated in 1908, when Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew?s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. It officially became a national holiday in 1914, after President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating it to be held on the second Sunday of May.
Jarvis began her campaign to make Mother?s day a recognized holiday in the United States in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis died. Her mother had been a peace activist who cared for the wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother? Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Jarvis wanted to honour her mother by continuing the work she started and set aside a day to honor all mothers.
In Britain, inspired by Jarvis? efforts, Constance Penswick-Smith created the Mothering Sunday Movement and associated the Mother?s day with the christian holiday.
The holiday was later adopted by many other countries and now is celebrated all over the world including Australia, Canada, China, India, New Zealand and Philippines.