Mother’s Day is fast-approaching, which means the time is right to start looking for the perfect gifts and cards for the strong, caring and inspiring maternal figure(s) in your life – even if you aren’t able to go inside her home to visit her.
The date of Mother’s Day changes every year, so you’d be forgiven for not keeping track of exactly when Mothering Sunday 2021 is going to be.
While the observance is worldwide, why do we all celebrate it on different days, and why does the date change in the UK?
If you need a reminder of the date, why it changes, and the origins of Mother’s Day, then read on, because we’ve got what you need to know right here.
When is Mother’s Day in the UK?
Mother’s Day will be celebrated in the UK on Sunday, March 14 this year.
Around the world. Mother’s Day falls on this date in a few other places, including Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Ireland and Nigeria.
Why is Mother’s Day on a different date each year?
The date changes each in the UK because of the origins of the day.
Mothering Sunday first began as a church tradition, and it takes place three weeks before Easter on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
This was when Christians would visit their ‘mother church’ which is why we often refer to the day as Mothering Sunday.
Because the dates of Lent and Easter change each year, based on the lunar calendar, the date of Mother’s Day changes too.
Why is Mother’s Day on a different date in the US?
In other countries, including the United States, the day wasn’t founded through religion and is specifically referred to as Mother’s Day.
It became an official US holiday in 1914 when the president at the time, Woodrow Wilson, declared the second Sunday in May as a day of ‘public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.’
The campaign for a national observance was started in 1908 by West Virginia activist, Anna Jarvis, who campaigned for a holiday in honour of her mother, who was a community activist.
The idea was first planted by suffragist Julia Ward Howe in 1872 who suggested the holiday as a chance to unite women.
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Author: Jack Slater