Mother's Day in the United Kindom
Mother's Day in the United Kindom is
traditionally celebrated on the fourth
Sunday of Lent
away from home at a fairly early age, and the money they
earned was sent to the family budget.
Back then, children were allowed to spend one day a year at home with
their parents. They usually brought their mothers and grandmothers
small gifts — bouquets of flowers or fresh eggs. Today, British children
on this day give their mothers flowers and do their homework for them.
At the very beginning of the 17th century in England, on the
fourth Sunday of Lent, people began to celebrate Mother's
Sunday (Mothering Sunday). It was a celebration of all the
mothers of England. As Christianity spread in Europe, this
Sunday became the feast of the Mother Church — the
spiritual force that gives life and protects against evil.
Over time the Church festival blended together with a
secular holiday. Since this was a time of rich aristocrats and
huge mansions, most of the servants worked and lived in the
homes of their masters.
On Mother's Sunday, all the servants were given a day off, and they
returned to their families to spend the day with their mothers. The festive
atmosphere of this day was given by a special cake called "mother's
cake". On this day, it was supposed to visit the mothers and bring them a
gift of such a cake in exchange for the mother's blessing.
The earliest commemorations of the mother date back to the
ancient Greek spring festival in honor of the goddess Rei, the
wife of the god Kronos and the mother of numerous gods
and goddesses. And around 250 BC, ceremonies began to be
held in Rome honoring another mother goddess named
Cybele. These religious Roman celebrations lasted for three
days — from March 15 to March 18.