When is Mother’s Day?
The History & Origin of
why does the date change? Where did Mother’s Day
originate? Why do we give
chocolate gifts? Why is Mother’s Day
When is Mother’s Day 2019 and why does the date change?
This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 31 March and is determined by the lunar calendar. It occurs on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter and usually towards the end of March or beginning of April.
As it always falls on a Sunday, it is not a bank holiday in the UK.
Where did Mother’s Day originate?
Mothering Sunday was originally a Christian festival where people returned to the churches in which they were baptised as children, bringing families and loved ones together. In time, servants in large houses were given the day off as a holiday and would use this special time to visit their mothers and take home a gift.
Interestingly, Mother’s Day is not the same throughout the world. For example, in the United States it is an annual holiday on the second Sunday in May and was first celebrated in 1908.
Why do we give chocolate gifts?
During the Lent fast, people traditionally avoided rich food and indulgences. However, the fast was lifted a little on Mothering Sunday when a delicious marzipan covered Simnel cake would be shared with the family.
We’ve carried on this tradition, giving sweet treats and chocolates as a perfect way to say ‘thank you’. We think our personalised chocolates and truffles are a wonderful way to add that unique touch.
Why is Mother’s Day celebrated?
We celebrate Mother’s Day as a way to honour the wonderful women in our lives.
While once children would pick flowers to give to their mothers on the way to church, these days we spoil our mums, step mums and grandmothers with gifts on this very special occasion as a reminder of just how much these women do for us.