Mothering Sunday is celebrated to honor all mothers and express gratitude for the hardships they bear in bringing up a child. Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day) is always the fourth Sunday of Lent. Mothering Sunday is the UK's version of Mother's Day. This year it falls on 18 March 2012.
During the seventeenth century, England celebrated a day called Mothering Sunday, celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent (also known as Mid-Lent Sunday). Mothering Sunday honoured the mothers of England. Mothering Sunday was also known as 'Refreshment Sunday', Pudding Pie Sunday (in Surrey, England) or 'Mid-Lent Sunday'.
As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honour the "Mother Church" , the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. Over time the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration. People began honouring their mothers as well as the church.
Many churches give the children in the congregation a little bunch of spring flowers to give to their Mothers as a thank you for all their care and love throughout the year. Children pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for all their love and support.
People in England love to express their gratitude for their mothers by gifting them flowers more than anything else. Most popular flowers on Mothers day in Great Britain are roses followed by carnations and chrysanthemums. In UK, there is also a tradition of making a rich almond cake for mothers called 'Mothering Cake' or 'Simnel Cake' on Mothers day.
Today the festival of Mothers day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair. Most countries including US, Australia, Canada and India celebrate Mothers day on the second Sunday of May.
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