With most of the world celebrating Mother’s Day on the same day as the US, it’s common for people across the UK to be fooled into believing they’ve forgotten the day
With the majority of the world celebrating Mother’s Day on a different date than here in the UK, it’s a regular occurrence for many of us across the country to feel like we’ve somehow missed the day altogether – don’t panic, you haven’t actually forgotten Mother’s Day !
That’s all you need to know.
When is Mother’s Day 2022 in the UK?
In the UK, the date of Mother’s Day is set as Mothering Sunday by the Christian foundation of the celebration. This year it fell on Sunday March 27th.
You’ll be forgiven if you lose track of Mother’s Day, as it doesn’t always fall on the same date – remember that it always occurs on the fourth Sunday of Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday.
Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day?
It should be noted that in the UK we celebrate Mother’s Sunday and not Mother’s Day, the ‘maternal’ side of things having no connection to mothers in the way we celebrate them today.
Its origins date back to the Middle Ages, when children who had left their families to do household chores were allowed to return to their homeland or “mother church.”
Over the years, the occasion took on a more festive tone, with traditions emerging that allowed Lent fasting rules to be relaxed and hungry revelers to enjoy a long-awaited feast.
To pinpoint the day’s change from a church occasion to what we know today, one need only look to America.
American Mother’s Day, which takes place across the pond later in the year and also has no religious connotations, was first created by Anna Jarvis in 1907.
Jarvis had begun her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in 1905, the same year her mother died. Jarvis’ mother, Anne Reeves Jarvis, had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War.
When is Mother’s Day celebrated around the world?
It’s common for many of us to see that Mother’s Day is trending on Twitter and, in a panic, to quickly look up when it’s Mother’s Day in the UK, only to be relieved that that day isn’t Mother’s Day here.
Around the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days – in Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria and Uzbekistan, for example, Mother’s Day is celebrated on March 8 in conjunction with International Women’s Day.
In Egypt, Lebanon and Qatar it is celebrated on March 21st, which is the same date as this Spring Equinox.
In Panama, Mother’s Day is celebrated on December 8, which is the same date as Immaculate Conception Day, which celebrates the life and Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
Much of the world celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May including the United States, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Turkey, Ukraine, Iceland, Italy and many more.
With Christmas just getting out of the way, it can sometimes be a bit difficult to think of a nice gift to get for Mother’s Day.
If you are thinking of something along the lines of jewelry, why not opt for something that includes them as well gemstone for her birth month?
If your mom likes flowers, a flower subscription could be just the thing for her – like this Blossom and wildflower gift subscription will send a beautiful bouquet of flowers to the recipient for a set time – either three, six or 12 months – or for as long as you wish.
If your mom loves wine more than flowers, don’t worry – they exist many wine subscription boxes instead to choose from. Savage Wines offers subscription boxes from £29.95, and you can choose to receive between two and 12 bottles a month and choose whether you want red or white – or both.
If you’re really out of ideas, you can’t go wrong at the end of the day a nice perfume.
ideas for cards
When it comes to cards there are a few different routes you can take such as the handmade, DIY option or a personalized card from a website.
If you think a homemade card might be right for you, there are many YouTube tutorials you can follow to create something really special, such as:
ideas for activities
There are many different things you can do to celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom.
To start the day off right, breakfast in bed is a classic, whether you make it yourself or order a full breakfast from your favorite restaurant or café, it’s sure to be appreciated.
If she has a green thumb, a flower arranging class could be the right activity for her – either in person or together in a virtual class.
Or maybe a spa day is long overdue. You could send them to the pros for a thorough pampering, or you could have an at-home spa day with facial masks and manicures.
Afternoon tea is also a very popular Mother’s Day treat, so you can book them anywhere for a real bargain or spend the day bothering to make scones, sandwiches and cakes at home instead.
Ultimately, every mother is different, with different preferences, hobbies and tastes. Take the time to find out what your mom likes and try to center an activity around that thing — and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
Across the UK, Covid-19 restrictions have been eased to varying degrees, meaning you should have plenty of options to choose from for celebrating the day with your mum – just make sure and check things are open.