Mothering Sunday - Treat yourself
For some of us, Mothering Sunday means posies of flowers and chocolates. For others it’s home-made cards, and toast in bed that tastes just perfect despite all the burnt bits, because it comes with love from a little one. It’s a welcome tradition, but where did it all begin?
Celebrations of mothers can be found as far back as Ancient Greece and beyond, but in more recent times many festivities have been entwined with Christianity. In the UK, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent.
Traditionally, apprentices and servants working in big houses were given this Sunday off, to revisit the main church in the area they grew up (known as the “mother” church), for a special service. For such workers, who rarely received time off, and may have gone into service when just children themselves, this was a precious chance to be reunited with their families. As they walked homewards down the country lanes, they would pick violets and other wild flowers to take to church, or present to their own mothers as a loving token.
Mothering Sunday was also known as Refreshment Sunday, when the fasting rules of Lent were relaxed, and Simnel cake was a popular treat associated with the day. This rich fruit cake is layered and topped with almond paste, decorated with marzipan balls representing the 11 disciples (Judas is not included), and traditionally strewn with sugared violets to represent the posies of yesteryear.
Changing times saw Mothering Sunday become a more secular holiday, where children would offer their mother floral tokens of appreciation or volunteer to do chores or make meals. As any gMum knows, being a mother is a 24-hour, 365 days a year role, and we gladly sign up to it. But whether we’re giving flowers or receiving them, this special day is our time to celebrate and cherish mothers everywhere.
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