Today, Sunday 27th March, is Mother’s Day in the UK and the clocks have also been put forward by an hour, but different countries around the world celebrate on different days of the year – here’s why
Happy Mother’s Day! Each year, people around the world honor mothers and mother figures by sending cards and flowers, buying gifts, or simply showing their appreciation for mothers.
In the UK, the date of Mother’s Sunday changes every year, but it always falls on a Sunday.
This year it falls on Sunday March 27, but that varies in different countries around the world.
For example, in Belarus, Bulgaria and Uzbekistan, Mother’s Day fell earlier in the month on March 8, while Norway celebrates on the second Sunday in February.
Why does the date change every year and why is it different from country to country?
Why does the date of Mother’s Day change every year?
The reason the date of Mother’s Day in the UK changes every year is because it has to do with Easter.
Mother’s Day falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
The date changes because the date of Lent changes every year based on the lunar cycle.
This means that Easter Sunday can fall on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25, meaning Mother’s Day changes with it.
Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day is actually a Christian tradition dating back to the 16th century when Christians attended their “mother” church on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
Also known as Mother’s Sunday, it has become more and more popular as Mother’s Day in recent years.
Why is it on a different date in different countries?
Mother’s Day is an international celebration and appreciation day of all mother figures.
However, the date on which it actually falls varies from country to country.
In the US, they started an entirely separate event in 1914, dedicated solely to honoring their mothers.
The holiday has no connection to religion and is what today’s Mother’s Day celebration is based on.
Anna Jarvis, a dedicated organizer and philanthropist, has championed a day in May to celebrate mums after her own died.
The idea caught on so much that by 1911 all US states celebrated the holiday.
In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day a national holiday and a “public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
She later believed the day was too profit-oriented and fought to have it become less commercialized.
Anna said: “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”
Many other countries have followed suit and decided to celebrate on other days.
For example, many celebrate on the second Sunday in May – including Finland, Greece, Iceland, India and Italy.
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