Mothering Sunday tomorrow  is our time


In England, at a time of widespread domestic service, for centuries the servants were granted a half day’s holiday to go home on the second Sunday in Lent.  On the way they would pick posies of primroses as a gift to honour their mothers.   Wikipedia has some weird and wonderful history of the tradition, including the ‘fact’ that it was started in the USA in 1913. The fête is celebrated on different dates in different countries.

Over-commercialised nowadays, it is still a joy to receive cards and Skype calls and flowers to show that we’re not forgotten  and the roadside banks of Normandie are still studded with  spring’s bounty for our delight.

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19 Responses to 6-word-saturday

  1. Great post and I enjoyed my mothering ski day here in UK x


  2. Happy Mother’s Day…I loved this post…very interesting!


  3. hilary says:

    Happy mother’s day!


  4. Jim says:

    :). Happy Mother’s Day, Viv!!!


  5. ventisqueras says:

    in Italia la festa della mamma è la seconda domenica di maggio unitamente a quella della Madre di Dio
    molto apprezzato
    buon giorno

    in Italy the mother’s day is the second Sunday of may together with that of the mother of God
    much appreciated
    good morning


  6. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Thank you for that piece of historical insight. In Australia we don’t use the term Mothering Sunday, just Mother’s Day, and it is on the second Sunday in May. Wikipedia says:

    “Many Australians follow the Mother’s Day traditions that stem from observances in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom. The Mother’s Day date in Australia is the same as the date observed in the United States, which is the second Sunday of May each year. However, it is an Australian who is credited with having started the tradition of giving gifts on Mother’s Day: Janet Heyden, a resident of Leichhardt Sydney, started a campaign in 1924 to collect gifts for lonely aged mothers.”

    Personally I think the lovely tradition of giving flowers was a precursor to the current gift-giving. When I was a child, it was traditionally a white chrysanthemum.


  7. Tonya says:

    Very interesting. I hope you enjoy an extra special Mothering Day!


  8. gillena says:

    We celebrate Mothers Day in May

    have a nice weekend

    much love…


  9. Judy says:

    In Canada, Mother’s Day is the same day as in the US. The telephone company says it is the biggest calling day after Christmas.


  10. Karen S. says:

    Oh my goodness this is so delightfully interesting. What a wonderful celebration, and you piqued my curiosity to read it all.


  11. bookmammal says:

    How lovely! In the US we celebrate Mother’s Day on the 2nd Sunday in May–but I’m not aware of any special tradition behind it like yours.


  12. McGuffy Ann says:

    It is interesting how we all all really similar, even if we do things differently or at different times. Enjoy.


  13. Romi says:

    Hi. I’ve come here through Six-Word Saturday. I have never heard of “mothering Sunday” before, and I think it is a beautiful custom. Have a great weekend.


  14. Ron. says:

    mothering Sunday, eh? A great idea. don’t know why I’ve not heard of it before. We do have Mother’s Day here, but it’s pretty much a made-up holiday, invented by the greeting card companies.


  15. Not today – just shopping in the market and home again. Have a restful weekend.


  16. Enjoy your day tomorrow. I can’t be with my mum tomorrow, but I have arranged for some flowers to be delivered and I will, of course, speak to her on the phone.


  17. restlessjo says:

    Made me smile, Viv 🙂 Are you out for lunch?
    A mysterious little parcel arrived from my daughter yesterday. When I talked to her on the phone last night she said Leo’s mum was coming to theirs for Sunday lunch, and she wished I could be there. (so do I) James is in Dortmund on a ‘lads weekend’ so my present will be his safe return (and no washing from him).
    Have a lovely relaxing day!


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