Mother's Day Fun Facts
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As Mother's Day (or Mothering Sunday) approaches, here are some fun facts about the day.
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- In 2020 Mother's Day will be held on 22nd March and in 2019 it will be on 14th March.
- In the UK we celebrate Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is halfway through Lent. This is why the date differs from year to year.
- Mother's Day is celebrated on different days around the world.The largest number of countries uses the US date of the second Sunday in May while many choose March 8th which is International Women’s Day.
- Mothering Sunday was originally the day when in 16th Century Christian practice one would make an annual visit to one's mother church, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day. Later it was the one day a year when servants were allowed to visit their families.
- Mothering Sunday is sometimes know as Simnel Sunday or Refreshment Sunday, due to the practice of baking Simnel cakes to celebrate the reuniting of families during the austerity of Lent. Nowadays Simnel cakes are more usually associated with Easter.
- Mother’s Day is now largely a secular festival, becoming one of the biggest occasions for gift giving and card sending after Christmas.
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- According to the British Retail Consortium around £45 million is spent on Mother’s Day Cards with around 30 million cards sent, and around £55 million is spent on chocolates, with around 4 million people buying a box for their Mum.
- According to the Flowers & Plants Association, Mother's Day is the biggest event in the UK's cut flower and indoor plant industry. At this time of year the UK's sales of cut flowers and indoor plants increase by an average of 40% on a normal day's trading.
- In 2007 a headteacher in Carmarthen, West Wales banned the making of Mother’s Day cards in her primary school ‘in the interests of sensitivity’. She explained that “More than five per cent of children here are separated from their birth mother and have either no contact or no regular contact with their mother”. Obviously the feelings of the other 95% count for nothing.
- Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days of the year for eating out, so if you want to treat your mum, you had better book a table early!
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