Mother’s Day 31st March
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. Mothering Sunday was once also known as 'Refreshment Sunday' it was the mid-lent Sunday where fasting could be 'eased' for the day and people could enjoy a delicious meal together as a family. Traditionally, after church, families would enjoy a Sunday dinner and the mother would be made a pivotal figure of the feast. Similar to today, Mothering Sunday was all about spoiling mum and making her feel happy and appreciated. We hope you enjoy reading our collection of interesting mother’s day facts. Take a look at our selection of great gifts for your Mum below, online and at our Gloucester store.
History of Mother’s Day
Like many traditions and festivities, Mothering Sunday began with a religious purpose. Held on the fourth Sunday in Lent since the 16th century, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was a originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. They would celebrate mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, every Spring with festivals of worship. The Romans also celebrated a mother Goddess, Cybele, every March as far back as 250BC.
The clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” Such celebrations traditionally required people to visit their 'mother' church - the main church or cathedral in a family's area. The spread of Christianity throughout Europe in the 16th century increased the celebrations and firmly put Mothering Sunday on the calendar. The gatherings reunited families and gave children who worked as domestic servants, or as apprentices away from home the opportunity to have the day off to join their family and see their mother.
Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
Mother’s Day Around the World
The date varies in other parts of the world. Many countries follow the US and celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, whilst other countries enjoy the day on March 8th which is International Women's Day.
In the UK, we celebrate it on Mothering Sunday, which is the fourth Sunday of Lent, and exactly three weeks before Easter.
While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitiyakara.
Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.
In the United States and the UK, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending.
Mother’s Day Facts
In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
Women purchase 80% of all Mother’s Day cards.
Anna Jarvis is considered the founder of Mother’s Day in the United States. She quit her job to focus full-time on persuading politicians, business executives and civic leaders into making the holiday official.
Around one-quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year are purchased for Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day sees around one quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year falling on this holiday.
Studies and research now show that giving a bouquet of flowers has many positive health and psychological benefits.
Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968 Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children.
In the 1970s women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.
Gift Ideas from The Candle Tree
Here are a selection of our favourite gift ideas ideas for Mother’s Day. Lots of choice also available online and at our fabulously eclectic store in Gloucester.
Yankee Candle Fresh Cut Roses.
This is a beautiful intoxicating English garden of fragrant heirloom roses. The pretty pink design would make a great mother’s Day Gift. The traditional design of Yankee Candle’s signature classic jar candle reflects a warm, relaxed sense of style that's always at home. Convenient and easy to use, the large jar candle provides 110 to 150 hours of true fragrance enjoyment.
Lily Flame Yankee Candle.
Thank you very much! Hmm… How can I say thank you for that kind deed? A card? A poem? Some flowers? How can I combine a little bit of each and make that thought last for ages? What a lovely idea for mother’s Day! This is a great looking tinned candle with a beautiful scented floral fragrance.
Burn Time 35 hours. Dimensions 7.7 x 6.6cm
Rose Petal Hand & Foot Gift Set.
Naturally European intensely moisturising hand cream is paired up with a luxury foot cream in this gift set. Both creams contain essential oils and 20% shea butter to provide ultra conditioning hand and foot therapy. The ultimate hand and foot care comes in a range of fragrances. Choose from Ginger & Lime, Verbena, Rose Petal, Lavender and comforting Milk. Overall, a luxury Mother’s Day gift.
Pur Pur Rose Soap.
Here at The Candle Tree we have a beautiful range of Pur Pur soaps enriched with shea butter.
Pur Pur products are packaged in a unique illustrative paper and come in variety of lovely floral scents. They are really a luxury treat for the body and also look fabulous in the bathroom! Shea butter is combined within Pur Pur to create a luxurious moisturising lather, great for all skin types. Pretty and beautifully scented, this soap would make a fabulous token of appreciation.