The origins of Mother’s Day in the UK

Mothering Sunday is a very old tradition in Britain. It is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent and is sometimes known as “Rose Sunday” or “Refreshment Sunday” as the priests wore a rose coloured robe, relaxing the strict Lenten rules of wearing purple and fasting. This day was noted in the church calendar by mention of the Mother Church in the day’s lesson and it was in some areas the one day during Lent when weddings could be celebrated.  In the days when young boys were apprenticed for 7 years, sometimes Outdoor Plants 016from the age of 11 or 12 years old, they would be given a holiday once a year to go and visit their mother. Girls who were “in service” as maids, away from home would also return home for a visit. This tradition involved travelling back to their home town, picking spring flowers along the way as a gift for their mothers. A “Simnel Cake” would be baked to celebrate the reuniting of the family. This was a light fruit cake with a layer of marzipan in the centre and another on top, decorated with eleven or twelve marzipan balls and toasted under the grill to lightly brown the sugary topping.

In the 1920s a Northamptonshire vicar’s daughter, Constance Penswick-Smith, called for the UK to copy the American celebration of motherhood known as  Mother’s Day. The two ideas became merged and Mother’s Day in Britain is now held on the Sunday in Lent formerly designated as Mothering Sunday. This involves gifts to mothers one is not able to visit as well as gifts given personally. Flowers are still a favoured and popular gift. Many choose pink roses to differentiate from the red roses that they give their beloved wife or girlfriend for Valentine’s Day, Plants are also popular as sons and daughters want their mother to have a more permanent reminder of their child’s love that will keep for the longest time.

As Mother’s Day is on a Sunday it can be difficult to make a gift delivery that day, but customer demand is so great that many florists will open on a Sunday for that one day in the year. Flowers24hours.co.uk is no exception and can make same day deliveries London wide on the 10th of March for Mother’s Day. Anyone who has, heaven forbid, forgotten the date of Mother’s Day and allowed it to surprise them will still have the chance of ordering a same day delivery to their mother in Greater London.  Orders will be open until there are no flowers left.

 

 

The following two tabs change content below.
Lesley is an experienenced Connect with Lesley on Google+

Latest posts by admin (see all)

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *