Mother’s Day in the UK always takes place on the fourth Sunday of Lent, to honour mothers and other mother figures, such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mother -in-laws.
Mothering Sunday originates from the 16thCentury, a time when people returned to the church, in which they were baptised or where they attended service when they were children. By creating Mother’s Day, it gave families a reason to be reunited as adults and returned to towns and villages where they grew up.
Traditionally, people fasted during Lent which is the period from Ash Wednesday until Good Friday. During the Lent fast, people did not eat sweet, rich foods or meat. However, the fast was lifted slightly on Mother’s Day.
What had originally been primarily a day of honour became associated with the sending of cards and the giving of gifts to show appreciation. Common Mother’s Day gifts are cakes, flowers, chocolates, jewellery, and luxurious clothing. Some people do not give a physical gift but choose to treat their loved one with a special meal, beauty treatment or fun outing. Our Cornish Saffron cake in a gift tin, or Cream Tea for 2 make the perfect gift to send to that special lady on Mother’s Day!
Here are some fun Mother’s Day facts: