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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 2017 on Sunday, March 26.

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.

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The fruit-filled Simnel cake (which is now commonly served at Easter), was a long-held tradition on Mothering Sunday as expressed in this poem dating to the 17th century:

I'le to thee a Simnell bring,
Gainst thou go'st a mothering,
So that, when she blesseth thee,
Half that blessing thou'lt give me.

Today, the holiday is celebrated in much the same way as Mother's Day in the US. Mothering Sunday has become more widely referred to in the UK simply as "Mothers Day" as kids make Mother''s Day crafts or present a bunch of Mother's Day flowers in her honor.

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 ...


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.


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