Translation Musings: Mothering Sunday vs Mother’s day

Mar 27, 2014 | World events

mother's daySeeking inspiration for today’s blog post, I thought I’d have a look at the origins of Mother’s Day (and keep reminding myself to go and buy a card!). And I found out something I didn’t know, which is always good.

What I didn’t know (probably due to my lack of Sunday schooling!) was that Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day are actually two very different things, although have really now merged into one.

Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday celebrated across Europe on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was an occasion for people to return to their mother church for a special service. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day off for domestic servants to visit their mother church, usually with their own families and often the only time they could get together. The children would pick flowers on their way home to place in the church or, and here’s where it starts making sense, give to their mothers. In this way, the religious tradition evolved into the secular tradition which is now Mother’s Day, with the merchants, now and then, quickly recognising, and fully exploiting, a great opportunity!

Anyway, religious holiday or blatant commercial opportunity, have a lovely Mother’s Day – and a special mention for all the mums!

 

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