Next month, on Sunday 14th March, we will be celebrating Mother's Day in the UK and Ireland. Mother's Day always falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent, exactly 3 weeks before Easter Sunday.
The United States, Canada & Australia celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. The modern Mother's Day as celebrated in the US holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, as a day to honour mothers and motherhood; especially within the context of families, and family relationships.(Louisa Taylor, Canwest News Service, 2008-05-11)
It is now celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, often in May, some of which have a much older tradition than the modern holiday.
Mother's day is thought to originally date back to Ancient Greek times, as they had a festival for Cybele, the mother of Greek Gods. The ancient Romans also had another holiday, called Matronalia, when mothers were usually given gifts.
In the UK & Ireland, Mother's Day is believed to have originated from the 16th century Christian practice of visiting one's mother church annually, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day.
Traditionally mothers would be given token gifts or a day off traditionally female household chores. This then moved on to visting your mum or sending a Mother's Day Card or flowers when the holiday became commercialised.
At BasketsGalore.co.uk & Basketsgalore.ie we offer gorgeous presents for women, mums, grandmothers etc all year round as we think they always deserve to be pampered!! For Mother's Day we also create a special range of mum-specific gift baskets, which will be available to buy shortly. Our flowering plants baskets, pamper gifts and gourmet food hampers also make great Mother's Day presents too though -so why not have a look now!