Hope you are all having a lovely day and if you are celebrating Mothering Sunday, Happy Mother’s Day!
During the Middle Ages, the custom developed of allowing people who had moved away from where they grew up to come back to visit their home or ‘mother’ churches, and their mothers, on the fourth Sunday of the Christian festival of Lent.
At the time, it wasn’t uncommon for children to leave home to work when they were as young as 10 years old, so this was an opportunity for families to meet up again.
This became Mothering Sunday in Britain. As the dates of Lent vary each year, so does the date of Mothering Sunday.
Although it’s often called Mother’s Day in the UK, it has no connection with the American Mother’s Day which is celebrated on the second Sunday of May each year.