Also known as Mothering Sunday in the UK (although this is the original religious celebration which is still observed by many churches), Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday are intrinsically linked and both fall on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Whilst Mothering Sunday is a religious celebration of the ‘mother church’, the modern Mother’s Day has adopted a more family-oriented affair, much like in America.
The modern interpretation of Mother’s Day began in 1908, when Anna Jarvis, a social activist and the 10th of 13 children, held a memorial for her mother. Anna made it her mission to create a yearly celebration of mothers and by 1914 it became a US national holiday. Although Mothering Sunday saw a resurgence after the invention of the US holiday, modern Mother’s Day didn’t take off in the UK until the 1950’s.
Mother’s Day aims to spread appreciation for all the mothers (including step-mothers and other mother-figures) in the world and give something back in recognition of all the selfless love, help and devotion they provide to their children. From a home cooked breakfast and a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers to a wonderful day out and an activity of her choosing, we think it’s important to show your appreciation through a thoughtful gesture, no matter how big or small!
This year Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 6th March, so if you haven’t started planning something special, now would be a good time to start! If you or your mum is spending this Mother’s Day in different countries, fear not because you can still keep in contact through Cherry Call. Simply follow the instructions on our website and you’ll be talking in no time, for a lot less than you might expect!