Today many bunches of flowers, potted plants and boxes of chocolates will be proudly given to Mothers all over the country in celebration of Mothering Sunday, falling as it always does on the 4th Sunday of Lent.
Mothering Sunday is the equivalent to Mother’s Day in other countries However, more often than not it is now referred to as ‘Mother’s Day’ in Britain too.
The origins of Mothering Sunday is interesting, it has a history that goes back to the sixteenth century and was not in fact a celebration of motherhood, it was when people who lived in the country or outlying areas from where they originated, made a point of not going to their local church but instead returned for a service held in their ‘mother church’. This was referred to as gone ‘A Mothering’. It was often the only time when whole families could get together for family worship due to difficult working conditions or hours that would otherwise keep them apart.
At this time, young girls who worked ‘in service’ as maids for the wealthy, were given the only day of the year off, allowing them to visit their mother church and be with their family. Whilst walking to church the girls would gather wild flowers from the hedgerows and meadows to give as a gift to their Mother.
Over the years such working conditions have changed and the original meaning of Mothering Sunday has been somewhat lost and ‘Mother’s Day’ has taken its place and become the celebrated day when we show respect and give thanks to our Mothers for all they do for us.
Today in many churches across the land children are given bunches of spring flowers to give to their Mothers.
HAPPY MOTHERING SUNDAY
Reflection Through The Seasons
I live in a small Welsh village which is situated in the southern tip of the Snowdonia National Park. Its an area of true outstanding natural beauty. We have the Cambrian mountains to the east of us and the coast of Cardigan Bay out to the west. My husband and I moved to Wales from The Cotswolds in England 19 years ago. We bought the old village Police Station, which we have worked tirelessly renovating ever since. You could say its a real labour of love. I have retired after working many years in the travel business, this now leaves me free to pursue the many things in life that I enjoy.