This month on 30th March its Mothers' Day...
Whilst Mothers' Day is traditionally a day for spoiling your mum and letting her know how much you appreciate her, we wondered about the history of Mothers' Day... where did it start and why do we celebrate on that one day per year?
And what about those who have sadly lost their mums... what does Mothers Day mean for them?
We thought we would do a little investigating to find out why...
Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday?
In the UK we traditionally celebrate Mothering Sunday (as opposed to Mothers Day) however overtime most people have started to use the term Mothers Day more widely.
Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Sunday of lent (the 30th March this year) although many people remain unacquainted with the religious beginnings of the day...
It all started during the 16th century when people returned to their mother church, the main church or cathedral of the area, for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering", although whether this term preceded the observance of Mothering Sunday is unclear. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours, and servants were not given free days on other occasions...
In time.... Children and young people who were "in service" (as household servants) were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families (or, originally, return to their "mother" church). The children would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers.
Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers.
How do you celebrate?
In 2014 most people will celebrate Mothers' Day by giving cards and gifts and spending time together as a family. Young children will make cards and handmade gifts in schools and grown up children will gift flowers, candles, gift cards, trinkets and things for the home.
Up and down the country, pubs and restaurants will be fully booked as children treat their mums to a special dinner, giving most hard working mums a well deserved day off and letting them know how much they are loved and appreciated, not just on that one day per year, but all year around.
Other people prefer to simply spend time together, or they might pop in lunch, cook big family dinners or maybe just have a cup of tea together.
Some people don't celebrate or acknowledge Mothers Day at all, preferring to choose their own time to let their mum know how much they care.
Mothers Day means different things to each and every person - be it spiritual, religious or a day to show you care.... and however people choose to celebrate (or not) that's what is so lovely about the diverse world that we live in.
For the mums no longer with us...
For those who have lost their mums, Mothers' Day is a particularly difficult day. Here at Sue Ryder we know how this day can produce mixed emotions for many people... loosing a parent is one of the hardest things many people will have to go through in their lives and days like Mothers' day and Fathers' Day can tough to say the least...
We have a competition running on Facebook at the moment where we have asked people to tell us why their mum is or was so special and some of the responses have had us smiling, laughing, identifying and crying...
We thought we would share a few here with you...
"my mum was kind hearted she was there for everyone including strangers. she was a fantastic grandmother for the short time she got to spend with her grandkids. she was the greatest mum ever to me shes my hero. she taught me how to be strong xx"
"My mums battled with the big 'C' now twice in the last five years, every time she's had bad news she's remained so positive and strong, she's the most determined woman I know. Love her to bits x"
"My mum is one in a million , as she has epilepsy, works her finger to the bone looking after us and everyone else, even though we protest, bakes us lush cakes and never complains."
"My mum is so special, this time last year she lost my dad to pancreatic cancer and at the age of 58 had to start her life over, she got herself a job and stays so positive and brave through everything and she even finds time to help me out with my son who has autism! She is super mum! I'm so proud of her xxxx"
"I don't have a mum any more as she passed away a few years ago but I do have a great mum-in-law. She treats me like her own daughter and is always there for me, we're so close, I love her to bits, she's one in a million!"
"My mum was special because she was amazing in every way despite suffering so much through illness before she died she was always courageous brave and so kind and selfless always wanting to lend a hand to anyone and always a happy positive person.. And not only my special mum but my best friend forever xxxx"
"My mum is 79 and still bakes the most amazing cakes that she sells for a local charity I love her to bits xx"
"She is a truly lovely lady who I admire. At 72 she has the energy of a 20 year old and never fails to amaze me how she overcomes the most trying times"
"thank you. You are the first to ask 'was' so special. My mother just gave love. It was reflected in everything she did for me and her grandchildren. I am an only child and even though she had wanted more, it wasn't to be. The best I can do is to try to be that kind of Mum/Grandma"
"My mum deserves a lovely treat for being such a fab nan to her six grandchldren, she;s always there at the drop of a hat and still manages to find time to do lots of local charity work"
We would like to thank everyone for sharing... pop over to Facebook to see more lovely posts.
Please feel free to add your comments below and whatever and however you are celebrating this Mothers' Day - from all here at the Sue Ryder Online Shop Team - we wish you a wonderful and happy day xx