In the UK, Mother’s Day this year will be on Sunday March 11th.
We celebrate it on the fourth Sunday of Lent, three weeks before Easter.
It used to be a day where Christians would visit their ‘mother church’ where they were baptised. Slowly it became more secular and a time for people to thank their mums for all the hard work they’ve put in raising them.
The origins of Mother’s Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival and worshipped their maternal goddess Cybele in a festival called Hilaria.
In America, this is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. The day was first pioneered by peace campaigner Anna Jarvis to honour all of the women in our lives who have done so much for us.
Other countries have decided to have their day on a date that’s significant to them. For example, Bolivia’s Mother’s Day is the date of a battle in which women participated.
Some countries like Russia celebrate Mother’s Day on International Women’s Day, while others (such as Iraq) will observe the day on the Spring Equinox.
We give cards and gifts, and generally try to show our gratitude to our mothers or other women that have shaped our lives.
Hint: buy your card now even if you celebrate later in the year, as you will not be able to find one in May!
Some traditional gifts ideas...with a twist.
Bouquets of fresh fruit arranged like flowers ... with or without chocolate
Choose between chocloate flowerpot, teapot or personalised heart. No shops in London but they offer a variety of delivery options.
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Give Mum the opportunity to learn how to make her very own Sea Salted Caramel from the award winning Sea Salted Caramel choccolate maker.
Find the perfect Spa Day for your mum anywhere in UK:
Want to be creative and make your own card?
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