Mothering Sunday -- or the UK's version of a Happy Mother's Day -- is a time to celebrate with special remembrances in e-mails, long-distance phone calls, a special serving of breakfast in bed, or a dinner out on the town, along with flowers
and greeting cards just for Mum.
Traditionally observed on the 4th Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday is celebrated in 2018 on Sunday, March 11.
The modern version of Mothering Sunday has its roots in the tradition of allowing domestic help a special day off each year to visit home, mother and family. The tradition dates back to the early 19th century, although there's evidence that the Mothering Sunday tradition dates back even further.
Just up ahead, discover more online resources featuring e-cards, gifts, flowers and cyber treats, poems and quotes, along with more of the history, traditions, trivia and fun facts associated with Mother's Day in the UK ...
DID YOU KNOW? Mother's Day in the UK fun facts
The most popular flowers for Mother's Day
in the UK : Roses, followed by carnations
• Mothering Sunday was celebrated in England as early as the 17th century, making it the first country in the world to have a special day to honor mothers.
• Mothering Sunday came back into popular favor in the 20th century after a campaign was launched in 1913 by Constance Smith, a vicar's daughter from Nottinghamshire. She was inspired to start the Mothering Day Movement after reading an article on a similar campaign to celebrate mothers in the US.
• In the old days, Mothering Sunday was also known as Refreshment Sunday because the fasting rules for Lent were relaxed on that day.
• In the UK, phone calls home to wish mum a Happy Mothers Day have been decreasing year by year as more people turn to Skype, email and social media.
• The most popular flowers on Mothers Day in Great Britain are roses, followed by carnations and chrysanthemums.
More about Mother's Day in the UK around the Web:
BBC - Religion & Ethics - Mothering Sunday - A deep dig into the tradition of the day before the 19th century,
when the faithful were required to visit their town's "mother church" at least once a year, eventually growing into
the yearly celebration now honoring mothers everywhere.
Mother's Day Greeting Cards - Animated e-cards to send in categories ranging from touching to downright cute, along with suggestions on general greetings just right for Mother's Day.
Mother's Day Crafts - Check out wonderful, kid-friendly ideas for honoring mothers with complete, illustrated instructions for hand-made greeting cards, tissue-paper flowers, pretend stained glass, and lots more.