Mothering Sunday

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As this Sunday fast approaches (31st March 2019) I thought I’d have a look into the history.  I hope all Mums out there have a good day.

Here in the UK Mothering Sunday, is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent.  Although these day’s it quite often goes by the name of Mothers Day, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the American Festival of that name.

Traditionally it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work in Domestic Service were given the day off to visit their Mother and family.

Today it is a day where children give presents, flowers and hand made cards to their mothers.


Most Sundays in the year Church goers in England worship at their nearest Parish or ‘daughter’ church.

Centuries ago 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, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of that area.

Inevitably the return to ‘mother’ church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home (it was quite common for children as young as 10 to be working away.)

Most historians think that the return to Mother church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those in Domestic Service or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

As they walked along the country lanes children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or to give to their mother as a small gift.

(source: BBC )

2 thoughts on “Mothering Sunday”

    1. I didn’t know that either until I wrote this! I am finding the history of some of these things really interesting. As you say, every day is a lesson.
      Kaye x

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