History of Mother's Day
first Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the
ancient Greek Festival dedicated to Rhea, the Mother of the
Gods. In England, it was in the 1600s when the phrase "Mothering
Sunday" was first coined.
In Christianity, Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of
Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration evolved
to honour both the
"Mother Church" and mothers.
In the past, Mothering Sunday was a day when servants were
encouraged to return home to spend some
time with their mothers and families.
Typical gifts included a Mothering Cake or Furmety - a preparation
of wheat, milk, sugar and spices. In Northern England and
Scotland Carlings - pancakes made of steeped peas fried in
butter with pepper and salt - was the mouthwatering treat
Many countries of the world now mark Mother's Day,
but not all celebrate it at the same time.