Apparently using “April Fool’s” in my title yesterday was a brilliant idea….it seemed to bring a bunch of people flocking to my blog. Who knew?
I discovered another holiday or celebration today, or rather tomorrow. I have some blogging friends that I am subscribed to that live in the UK and I am always intrigued to see differences I didn’t even know existed between the US and UK. Today, in reading their blogs, I found out that they were going to be celebrating Mother’s Day soon. At first, I raised my eyebrow and thought, “Mother’s Day is in May! How could they be talking about it like it’s sooner?”…But then I realized people in other countries have different holidays and celebrate a lot of things on other days than I do.
So I looked at a calendar in our house and there it was, April 3rd-Mothering Sunday….in the UK. Hmmm….How very interesting! And the name sounds so…well…mothering! But why stop my investigation there? I decided to do some research on this Mothering Sunday.
When Mothering Sunday started, it had nothing to do with Mothers at all! The nerve of them using the word Mother and not including them! Well, turns out it’s a Christian festival and it had to do with people returning to their “mother” church. It’s not always in April either…this is actually the first time in years it has been in April. You see, it falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent and this year, that happened to be the 3rd of April.
In the 1930’s, the custom of celebrating this day started to fade out. Then American and Canadian soldiers serving abroad in WW3 brought it back to Europe through the influence they had in celebrating Mother’s Day every 2nd Sunday in May. So Mothering Sunday returned on the 4th Sunday of Lent every year and secularly became their version of Mother’s Day.
I confess to not knowing much about Lent other than it’s a Catholic holiday. Correct me if I am wrong in any way. I also learned that some Church of England churches will perform marriages on Mothering Sunday, but no other day of Lent. I found that to be an interesting fact.
It makes me wonder though…if not for the influence of the soldiers during WW3, would there have been a Mother’s Day celebrated in the UK back then or even today? What a shame if there wasn’t one…Mother’s are a gift from God.
Oh and to all the mothers in the UK, Happy Mother’s Day to you!