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Mother's Day Fun Facts

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As Mother's Day (or Mothering Sunday) approaches here are some fun and interesting facts about the day.

The date of Mother's day depends upon the date that Easter falls each year; it is held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which means that it usually falls in mid to late March.

Mother's Day Fun Facts
  1. So When Is Mother's Day This Year?
  2. In 2024 Mother's Day will be on Sunday 10th March in the UK, while in 2025 it will be on Sunday 30th March

  3. Why Does The Date Of Mother's Day Keep Changing?
  4. In the UK we celebrate Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is halfway through Lent. This is why the date differs from year to year.

  5. When Is It Celebrated In Other Parts Of The World?
  6. Mother's Day is celebrated on different days around the world.

    The majority of countries uses the US date of the second Sunday in May. Other countries celebrate on Family Day, Mother's And Children's Day, International Women's Day and Parent's Day.

  7. Why Is It Sometimes Referred To As 'Mothering Sunday'?
  8. Mothering Sunday was originally the day when in 16th Century Christian practice one would make an annual visit to one's mother church, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day.

    Later it was the one day a year when servants were allowed to visit their families.

  9. What Should I Eat On Mother's Day
  10. Mothering Sunday is sometimes know as Simnel Sunday or Refreshment Sunday, due to the practice of baking Simnel Cakes to celebrate the reuniting of families during the austerity of Lent.

    Nowadays Simnel cakes are more usually associated with Easter.

  11. Yes, Mum Should Get A Present...
  12. Mother’s Day is now largely a secular festival, and it has become one of the biggest occasions for gift giving and card sending after Christmas.

  13. ...And A Card
  14. According to the British Retail Consortium around £45 million is spent on Mother’s Day Cards with around 30 million cards sent, and around £55 million is spent on chocolates, with around 4 million people buying a box for their Mum.

  15. Flowers Will Go Down Well Too
  16. According to the Flowers & Plants Association, Mother's Day is the biggest event in the UK's cut flower and indoor plant industry.

    At this time of year the UK's sales of cut flowers and indoor plants increase by an average of 40% on a normal day's trading.

  17. The Teacher Who Tried To Cancel Mother's Day
  18. In 2007 a headteacher in Carmarthen, West Wales banned the making of Mother’s Day cards in her primary school ‘in the interests of sensitivity’.

    She explained that “More than five per cent of children here are separated from their birth mother and have either no contact or no regular contact with their mother”. Obviously the feelings of the other 95% count for nothing.

  19. Better Book Early
  20. Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days of the year for eating out, so if you want to treat your mum, you had better book a table early!

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