Mother's Day

March 13, 2017

Mother's Day

With Mother's Day on the horizon it seems like a good time to find out a little more about it and why we celebrate it. In the UK and Ireland, Mother's Day is traditionally a day to show our amazing Mums just how much we love and appreciate them. After all being a mother is the hardest job in the world! We give them cards, flowers, chocolates and hopefully breakfast in bed on a lazy Sunday morning. 

 i love you mum breakfast in bed

However a lot of people don't realise that Mother's Day and Mothering Sunday are actually two different days. The first meaning of Mother's Day and Mothering Sunday have become a bit muddled over time, although the origins of both are different at the end of the day they mean the same thing. To show how much we love our Mum. 

 

Mother goddess Rhea Roman goddess Cybelle

Celebrating Mother's Day dates back to ancient Greek times when every Spring they would celebrate Rhea, the Mother of the Gods and Goddesses. The Romans would also celebrate as far back as 250BC with their own mother Goddess Cybele in March.

 

Virgin Mary

Since the 16th century Mothering Sunday however has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. Originally it was a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary.

 

Mother and daughter in church

These celebrations encouraged people to visit their own 'mother' church - the main church or cathedral for the family. With the spread of Christianity throughout Europe at this time, celebrations increased and firmly put Mothering Sunday on the calendar. It was seen as essential that people returned to their home 'mother' church to make it a true honoured family occasion. It reunited families and gave young children who worked as domestic servants, and apprentices away from home, the rare opportunity to have the day off to join their family and most importantly see their mother.

 

heart mugs nkuku bowl paul hodgkiss designs heart paul hodgkiss design candle holder nkuku bowl

 

So now you know the history of Mother's Day, what are you waiting for? It is just around the corner and so are we. Why not pop in and see us for a beautiful gift for the Mother figure in your life or check us out online.