United Kingdom - Mothers Day

Mothers Day

This year: Monday, March 18, 2019

The symbolism of the Mother's Day is fairly obvious and justified as it is a celebratory day, chosen at different times depending on your geographical location, on which mothers receive gifts for being who they are.

There are several explanations for the origins of the Mother's Day. The earliest veneration of mothers has been brought to us from the Spring festival of Ancient Greeks, held in honour of Goddess Ray, the mother of numerous gods and goddesses. Looking back to the history of Mother's Day in the United Kingdom it appears to have originated around the 16th century, relating to the Christian practice of visiting one's mother church every year. This usually resulted in mothers being reunited with their children at least once a year. The transition of this religious celebration to a more mundane level followed in the late 19th, early 20th centuries.

It is also believed that the tradition of this holiday goes back to the Victorian times, when children worked out of home, sending all the earned money for the family budget. They were allowed to spend one day per year with their parents at home and then they usually brought small gifts for mothers - flowers and fresh eggs. Today, the children's gifts in Britain are more various, including doing some housework.

Another historical background comes from the very beginning of the 17th century. Then, the celebration of the Mothering Sunday on the 4th day of Lent was the celebration of all mothers in England. As Christianity became more widespread in Europe, this day become the holiday of the Church Mother - spiritual power giving life and protecting from the evil.

With time, this religious celebration has merged with the mundane holiday and today, it is a very calm holiday, on which women rest, while men replace them in housekeeping duties. Traditionally, a simnel cake is backed for the festive dinner, adorned with 12 small balls (made of some special kind of nuts), symbolizing the 12 Zodiac signs.

Generally, on Mother's Day any woman, be she a mother or not, young or not, can receive flowers, letters, cards or emails with nice wishes from family, relatives and friends. Wherever they are on this day, these tokens of attentions are pleasant surprises, which bring the celebrated person a lot of happiness!

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