Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world at different times of the year. In the United States, the annual celebration of “mothers” takes place on the second Sunday of May, while in France, the Fete des Meres festival falls on the last Sunday of May. However, in the United Kingdom, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent – 27 March this year.
What is the origin of Mother’s Day?
The first motherhood movement arose from groups for women whose sons fought in the American Civil War. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day. It spread to Europe after World War I, when many women lost sons or husbands, leaving them to raise children alone.
Most countries have adopted US time and it remains the most popular date for Mother’s Day globally. The origin of dates in the UK is a bit more complicated. Some believe that Mothering Sunday originally stems from a 16th-century practice of visiting the “mother church” – the main church in the region – on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. This is also the time for domestic workers to take a break to visit their families.
In 1920, inspired by the new American holiday, Briton Constance Smith published a pamphlet entitled Motherhood’s Renaissance Sunday, and by 1938 the day was “celebrated in every parish in England” and in every country of the Empire,” said historian Cordelia Moyse. Daily telegram. Today, it is often referred to as Mother’s Day, but it is still officially known as Mother’s Sunday.
Mother’s Day Tradition
It is customary for people in England to cook their mother a simnel cake – a light fruit cake with two layers of macaroons – on Mother’s Sunday as it falls in the middle of Lent and as such represents the loosen the fasting rules. For this reason, this day is also traditionally known as Refreshing Sunday.
The Simnel Cake, also associated with Easter, traditionally features 11 icing balls of macaroons representing 11 out of the 12 disciples (Judas are usually left out, except for particularly Christian households. pardon). Nowadays, gifts of flowers or chocolates are more common.
Mother’s day around the world
Many countries around the world have developed their own traditions of celebrating mothers.
Regions of India celebrate Mother’s Day according to the Western version on the second Sunday in May. However, Hindus in India honor Goddess Durga, or Divine Mother, in October with a 10-day festival. Named Durga Puga, the festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, symbolized through the exchange of gifts with family and friends.
Mother’s Day celebrations in Mexico take place on May 10. Churches in Mexico hold a special mass in honor of Mother’s Day, often followed by a community breakfast. Some families hire mariachi bands to wake up their mothers with a special day’s song.
Mother’s Day in Ethiopia is celebrated with a three-day celebration in the mid-autumn festival. This multi-day party is called the Antrosht. Children will often provide the ingredients for a traditional hash brown recipe including cheese, lamb, vegetables, butter, and seasonings. Then mom prepares the hash. After the meal is over, mothers and daughters will ritually smear butter on each other’s faces. The rest of the night is spent with the family singing and dancing.
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