Mothering Sunday is a sunday set aside during Lenten season usually the fourth sunday of Lent where the Catholics, Anglicans, Protestants etc. celebrate Motherhood in their various parishes/Churches. It is a joyous day for all because it gives everybody the opportunity to celebrate their mothers. It is a day we appreciate our mothers all over the world by visiting them, calling them and getting them beautiful gifts.
In churches today, the mothers will be seen wearing their best clothes to honour this day which comes but once in a year.
Today been 26th of March, is mothering Sunday, although in US it falls on Sunday May 14 this year.
The French celebrates Mother’s day on the last Sunday in May, where a family dinner is the norm and traditionally the mother being honoured is presented with a cake that looks like a bouquet of flowers.
Mother’s day in Spain is celebrated on December 8th. Spaniards pay tribute both to their mothers and the Blessed Virgin Mary. This day includes religious celebrations across the country.
How Mothering Sunday Began
Mothering Sunday began long ago as far as 1908. it was founded in US by an American social activist called Anna Jarvis(1864 -1948) from Philadelphia who lobbied the government for an official day to honour mothers in the US and is regarded as the “Mother of Mother’s Day”. She pushed hard for a holiday to celebrate all mothers after the death of her own, and after lots of hard work, determination and promotion President Woodrow Wilson finally made it an official holiday for the US in 1914.
However, over the years Anna Jarvis became increasingly concerned at the commercialization of the day, saying ” I wanted it to be a day of sentiment and not profit”. She also didn’t like the selling of flowers and the use of greetings cards which described as ” a poor excuse for the letter you’re too lazy to write”.
The day took off in Britain when Constance Smith the vicar’s daughter who got inspired after going through a newspaper in 1913. She read Anna Jarvis campaign on mothers day which lead her to Began a push for same to happen in England.
Smith of Coddington,Nottinghamshire founded the Mothering Sunday movement and wrote a booklet titled “The Revival of Mothering Sunday” in 1920.
By 1938 Mothering Sunday had become a popular celebrations with Boys Scouts, Girls Guides and various parishes across Britain marking the day and communities adopting the imported traditions of American and Canadian soldiers during the war.
Today it is been celebrated all over the world including Nigeria in a big way and it also brings about great business opportunities for business men and women.