Mother’s Day: An annual event either the 2nd Sunday in May but also 4th Sunday in Lent
Mothers have been honoured since ancient times traditional. However, it is a relatively recent phenomenon that there is a specific day assigned to Mother’s Day annually now. This was thanks to a campaign initiated by
Julia Ward Howe in 1872 in the USA that then was followed up by Anna Jarvis. Thanks to these ladies the date for Mothering Sunday has largely been assigned as the second Sunday of May in many countries such as Australia, Finland, and USA to name a few. However, not all countries celebrate the day on the 2nd Sunday of May. Other countries such as England and Greece have based the date on religious grounding which makes the date fall on the 4th Sunday in Lent.
In earlier history – around 250B.C. – the Greeks and the Romans celebrated mothers as a part of annual spring festivals (they both honoured maternal goddesses in their mythology). Early Christians later adopted the celebration of mothers to the 4th Sunday of Lent in honour Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. This is how Mothering Sunday initially came about in England as a holiday to include all mothers. It had its beginnings in the seventeenth century when servants were given the opportunity to go home and visit their Mother Church to allow them to practice their religious duties. After attending Church would have been their opportunity to visit their own mother and pay tribute to her with such offerings as flowers and baked gifts.
Simnel Cake, which is a traditional Easter cake is also often associated as a traditional Mother’s Day baked offering. It is a rich cake made with marzipan and dried fruits.
Mother’s Day is a beautiful way of recognising your mother. The old tradition of flowers and helping out ought to be encouraged & celebrated, personally made gifts or baked goods are lovely, rather than the current commercialisation of “bought goods” we see today, the latter being a bit sad in my books. To say something with love to your Mother is when you get in touch personally somehow with them and where possible give them something “you” have made. Baked goods are always a definite winner!
Pictured is a bread I designed last year to celebrate Mother’s Day. I’m curious to find out what kind of traditional baked goods you associate/practice with Mother’s Day?
Wishing all Mothers a happy Mother’s Day today ❤