Mothers Day Mothering Sunday

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Mothers Day around the World.

I was just reading a newspaper where it was saying that Mothers Day was first celebrated in 1911, and was created by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia USA.


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This made me stop and double check what I thought was correct, as I thought that the UK was celebrating this many years before 1911.

And yes, sort of, I was right. The first Mothering Sunday, was held back in the 17th Century.

It appears the Americans renamed it Mothers Day, and claimed it for themselves !!!

The US celebrates the date of the Sunday closest to Anna Jarvis’s mothers death.

Anna Jarvis (the founder of the United States Mother’s Day) held a memorial ceremony to honour her mother and all mothers at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, on the 2nd Sunday in May 1908, three years after her mother’s death on the 9th May.


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The UK celebrates on the the Fourth Sunday in Lent, a religious date.

During the 16th century, people returned to their mother church for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday (The Fourth Sunday in Lent.) This became the common date to celebrate Mothers on one Sunday per year.
Around 1600, when the celebration was only held in England and Scotland, “Mothering Buns” or “Mothering Sunday Buns” were made to celebrate the event.

The end result is that there are actually at least two Mothers ‘days’ being celebrated, (other countries have different dates):

Mother’s Day Dates in Britain

The dates of Mothering Sundays in the United Kingdom:

  • 2020 – Sunday, 22 March 2020
  • 2019 – Sunday, 31 March 2019
  • 2018 – Sunday, 11 March 2018
  • 2017 – March 26
  • 2016 – March 6
  • 2015 – March 15
  • 2014 – March 30
  • 2013 – March 10
  • 2012 – March 18
  • 2011 – April 03
  • 2010 – March 14

Mother’s Day Dates in USA, New Zealand and Australia

The dates of Mothers Days in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the USA

  • 2020 -10 May 2020
  • 2019 – 12 May 2019
  • 2018 – 13 May 2018
  • 2017 – May 14
  • 2016 – May 8
  • 2015 – May 10
  • 2014 – May 11
  • 2013 – May 12
  • 2012 – May 13
  • 2011 – May 08
  • 2010 – May 09

Mother’s Day Dates in France

Mother’s Day in France is of course different, with the origins believed to have stemmed from the Napoleonic era. In 1806, the French emperor announced a special day to recognize mothers of large families.
The Mother’s Day Dates in France are:

  • 2025 – May 25, 2025
  • 2024 – May 26, 2024
  • 2023 – June 4, 2023
  • 2022 – May 29, 2022
  • 2021 – May 30, 2021
  • 2020 – June 7, 2020
  • 2019 – May 26, 2019
  • 2018 – May 27, 2018
  • 2017 – May 28
  • 2016 – May 29
  • 2015 – May 31
  • 2014 – May 25
  • 2013 – May 26
  • 2012 – May 27
  • 2011 – May 29
  • 2010 – May 30

UK Mothers Day / Mothering Sunday Dates Post 2019

2020 March 22
2021 March 14
2022 March 27
2023 March 19
2024 March 10
2025 March 30
2026 March 15
2027 March 7
2028 March 26
2029 March 11
2030 March 31
2031 March 23
2032 March 7
2033 March 27

Anna Jarvis founded the United States Mother’s Day to honour her mother’s death, on the 2nd Sunday in May 1908, three years after her mother’s death. (Hallmark Cards – Mothers Day USA)

The UK has celebrated Mothering Sunday on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, as a original religious day from the 16th Century. (Church of England – Mothers Day in Your Church)

 

Updated: 2nd January 2020


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