Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother’s Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the UK. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually falls in the second half of March or early April.
As such this year it is on Sunday 31st March, so you don’t have very long to organise yourself to arrange to give your Mum a special treat in recognition of all she has done for you and to demonstrate the special place she has in your affections and your family life.
But this special day is not just for mothers so don’t forget to recognise other mother figures, such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law.
Mothering Sunday was originally a time when people returned to their “Mother Church”, the main church in the area of their home for a special service. This reunited families as people returned to the towns and villages where they had grown up. In the modern era this evolved into a celebration in which we visit, give cards, gifts and generally make a fuss of mothers.
It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. So if your mother is living abroad you should make a note of these dates to remind yourself that in 2019 it is on 5th May in Spain, on 12th May in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, U.S.A and Germany. Whilst in France, Poland, India and Bangladesh it is celebrated on 26th May.
It is estimated that on these dates international phone calls increase by over 37% as mums get calls from loved ones abroad. So if you cannot be with your mum make sure you phone her on the day. It’s not a big deal these days to do this as modern telecommunications have made it simple and banished the times when you had to book a call in advance. It just takes thought and while on that subject don’t forget to send a card.
The giving or sending of a Mother’s Day card is an essential and not always one bought from a shop as handmade ones, particularly from grandchildren, are always cherished and kept in pride of place at home.
Think how much your mother would treasure it if you arranged a family gathering and meal at home or the pleasure she would gain from going out to a restaurant, pub or hotel for lunch, brunch or afternoon tea. If this is not convenient you could treat her to a beauty or spa treatment or a fun outing.
You will find that most restaurants and hotels will be fully booked a long time ahead, as these days many families go out for a special meal on Mother’s Day.
So act fast, reserve a table in advance, get the chocolates and the card and order the flowers to ensure that this Mother’s Day is a memorable day for her.