MUM’S THE WORD
Americans celebrate Mother’s Day weeks later than Brits – here’s why, and also other ways in which it differs
By Josie Griffiths and Becky Pembert
MOTHER’S Day is just a few days away now and time is running out to get everything sorted for your mum this year.
But why do different places celebrate mother’s day on different dates? Here’s everything you need to know.
Make sure you never forget Mother’s Day again, with our handy guide
When is Mother’s Day 2019?
In the UK the wonderful event will be celebrated on March 31, 2019.
In the United States and many destinations around the globe, Mother’s Day 2019 is being celebrated on Sunday, May 12.
The special day is a chance for families to show their appreciation for their mothers.
What is Mothering Sunday?
Mothering Sunday is a celebration held to honour mums and maternal figures.
The day has evolved into an occasion for kids to honour and give presents to their hardworking mums.
In the UK, it was originally linked to religion but has since lost a lot of its connections to the church and is mainly a family day.
Why does the UK have a different Mother’s Day to the US?
In the UK, the original event had nothing to do with mothers at all and it was a day for Christians to visit their “mother” church.
In the past, domestic servants were given the day off to return to their hometown and worship with their families.
On their way home, these youths would pick wild flowers to place in the church – or give to their mums.
The US event was launched separately and was not linked to religion but was dedicated entirely to mothers.
Why is Mother’s Day celebrated on different dates around the world?
In America, Mother’s Day was established in 1914 – thanks to campaigns by the mums’ groups which were established during the Civil War.
Anna Jarvis, the leader of this movement, campaigned for a May date in memory of her own mum – who had died that month.
President Wilson formalised the date, but Anna later became dissatisfied with the commercialisation around Mother’s Day.
She believed the original sentiment of love and family had been sacrificed for profit.
She said: “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”
Many other countries have since adopted America’s date.
COUNTRIES CELEBRATING MOTHER’S DAY ON MAY 13
Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas
Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda
Bonaire, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia
Croatia, Cuba, Curaasao, Czech Republic, Ecuador
Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Grenada
Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica
Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Peru
Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa
Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago
Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimba
Why does the date of Mother’s Day change each year?
Mothering Sunday in the US is an annual holiday held on the second Sunday in May, so the date slightly varies each year.
In the UK, the date is linked to Easter, which is different each year as it is determined by the lunar calendar.
The UK’s Mother’s Day always falls on the fourth Sunday during the period of Lent, when people typically give up things like certain foods or bad habits for the days leading up to Easter.
Article source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/
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