All over the world, the progeny from the same brood buys their mother’s sweet hampers as a tribute to their mother. It is crucial to understand that the American Mother’s day does not have the same origins as UK’s Mothering Sunday. Although the objective might be the same, both the UK & US celebrate Mother’s Day on different days and associate them with different factors. There is no doubt that the UK’s Mothering Day dates much farther back than the American Mother’s Day.
Inception Of US Mother’s Day Celebration
Anna Jarvis is the person whose efforts resulted in Mother’s Day becoming a national holiday in the United States, her mother’s name was Ann Reeves Jarvis. This was set back in the 19th century when the Civil War in the United States had still not taken place. Ann Reeves Jarvis, the mother of Anna Jarvis died in 1905. In 1908, Anna Jarvis received financial support from John Wanamaker who owned a department store in Philadelphia to organise an official Mother’s Day celebration.
The Mother’s Day celebration was organised in a Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. There was an increase in the number of customers at John Wanamaker’s outlet in Philadelphia since he was financially supporting Anna Jarvis’ cause. Anna Jarvis, a woman without a husband and who had no children in her life became the person responsible to add a Mother’s Day holiday to the list of official American holidays. Later in her life, she would condemn the celebration of Mother’s Day which is now celebrated on the second Sunday of May because according to her the event had been unnecessarily excessively commercialised.
Origins Of UK’s Mothering Sunday
According to the UK and most of Ireland, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which often falls in March. Historical evidence suggests that Mothering Sunday has been celebrated from as far back as the 16th century. But there is a possibility that it has been celebrated long before that time. In the UK it is more commonly known as Mothering Sunday rather than Mother’s Day.
Many of the holidays and celebrations celebrated by the Ancient Romans were transferred to Christianity when Christianity became the predominant religion of Europe. Although there is no unambiguous proof, there is a possibility that Cybele’s Hilaria festival of the Ancient Romans was converted into Mothering Sunday. This is the day when Christians throughout the UK visit their Mother’s Church or the church where a person has been baptised.
Mothering Day is celebrated before Easter Sunday and Christians believe that it is celebrated to honor the celebration of the transformation of the Virgin Mary to being known as Mother Mary. This is the reason why Christians visit their mother’s church on this day. Simnel Cake is one of the traditional foods that is associated with Mothering Day in the United Kingdom. Simnel cake has layers of almond paste and it is a fruit cake.
To represent the 11 disciples (excluding Judas), simnel cake has 11 balls of marzipan icing on top. Some people may also choose to add sugar violets. Mothering Sunday is not as big of a commercial event in the UK as Mother’s Day is in the United States.