Already Smiling at Flowers for Mothering Sunday: UK

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Beloved Flower Lover,

In recent times Mothering Sunday has in Britain taken on the name and character of the US Mother’s Day.  Yet the original meaning of Mothering Sunday is often unknown, although people are aware that it always falls in the middle of the Christian festival of Lent.

Mothering Sunday is concieved as a time when children of all ages enjoy paying respect to their Mothers. Children often give their Mothers a gift and a card. Yet, what do you make Mothers’ day mean to you? or about you? What does it say about you? before we go into that, let’s explore .

We know that, Mother’s Day is nurtured as a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. In the UK, Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) is always the fourth Sunday of Lent.

Mothering Sunday is not a fixed day because it is always the middle Sunday in Lent (which lasts  in the Christian calender from Ash Wednesday to the day before Easter Sunday). This means that Mother’s Day in the UK will fall on different dates each year and sometimes even fall in different months.

Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in the UK on the fourth Sunday in Lent since at least the 16th century.  In the UK,

Mothering Sunday was also known as ‘Refreshment Sunday‘, Pudding Pie Sunday (in Surrey, England) or ‘Mid-Lent Sunday‘. It was a day in Lent when the fasting rules were relaxed, in honour of the ‘Feeding of the Five Thousand’, a story in the Christian Bible.

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Roman Spring Festival

The more usual name was Mothering Sunday. No one is absolutely certain exactly how the name of Mothering Sunday began. However, one theory is that the celebration could have been adopted from a Roman Spring festival celebrating Cybele, their Mother Goddess.

The Mother Church

As Christianity spread, this date was adopted by Christians. The epistle in the Book of Common Prayer for this Sunday refers to the heavenly Jerusalem as “the Mother of all us all”, and this may have prompted the customs we still see today.

It is known on this date, about four hundred years ago, people made a point of visiting their nearest big church (the Mother Church). The church in which each person was baptised. Cathedrals are the ‘mother church’ of all other churches in an area (‘diocese’). People who visited their mother church would say they had gone “a mothering.

It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, yet most commonly in March, April, or May. It complements Father’s Day, the celebration honoring fathers.

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood occured before this time, throughout the world. Many of these can be traced back to ancient festivals, like the ancient Kamitian in Egypt when they honoured Auset. They all have a very clear conceptions of the virtues of the  nuturing, easy, comforting, yielding ‘yin energy’ of motherhood.

Many churches give the children in the congregation a little bunch of spring flowers to give to their Mothers as a thank you for all their care and love throughout the yearToday, we invite you to enjoy giving flowers to mothers.

Happy Mothers Day

The Team

The London Flower Lover

 

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