Ever wonder how it all started? ‘Mothering Sunday’ it is the fourth Sunday of Lent and although it is now referred to as Mother’s Day it has no connection to the American celebration of the same name.
Traditionally most church goers would celebrate mass at their nearest church, or as it was known then the ‘daughter church’. It was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘mother church’ once a year, so each year in the middle of Lent people would return home to visit their ‘mother’ church that being the main church or cathedral in their area.
Most historians agree that it was this return to the ‘Mother’ church which led to the tradition of children, especially those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices being given the day off to visit their mothers and families, it was not unusual in those days for children as young as ten to leave home to work in domestic service, as the children walked along the country lanes towards home thy would pick wild flowers to take to the church or to give to their mothers as small gifts.
Inevitably the return to the ‘mother’ church quickly became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home.
There are of course other theories as to the origin of Mother’s Day but this is our favourite.
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