Americans celebrate Mother’s Day weeks later than Brits – here’s why, and also other ways in which it differs
In the UK, the original event had nothing to do with mothers at all and it was a day for Christians to visit their “mother” church.
In the past, domestic servants were given the day off to return to their hometown and worship with their families.
On their way home, these youths would pick wild flowers to place in the church – or give to their mums.
The US event was launched separately and was not linked to religion but was dedicated entirely to mothers.
It has become a day for kids to honour their mums – giving flowers and presents
Why is Mother’s Day celebrated on different dates around the world?
In America, Mother’s Day was established in 1914 – thanks to campaigns by the mums’ groups which were established during the Civil War.
Anna Jarvis, the leader of this movement, campaigned for a May date in memory of her own mum – who had died that month.
President Wilson formalised the date, but Anna later became dissatisfied with the commercialisation around Mother’s Day.
She believed the original sentiment of love and family had been sacrificed for profit.
She said: “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”
Many other countries have since adopted America’s date.
Why does the date of Mother’s Day change each year?
Mothering Sunday in the US is an annual holiday held on the second Sunday in May, so the date slightly varies each year.
In the UK, the date is linked to Easter, which is different each year as it is determined by the lunar calendar.
The UK’s Mother’s Day always falls on the fourth Sunday during the period of Lent, when people typically give up things like certain foods or bad habits for the days leading up to Easter.
THERE are some dates you do not want to forget.
Your wedding anniversary is one and Mother’s Day is most definitely another so, if you are in the UK, US or much of Europe, take note of when it falls in 2018.
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