A Short History of Mother’s Day
Celebrations of mothers and mothering may go back thousands ofÂ years to pre-Roman times but the modern celebration has two main influences.
The giving of gifts for Mother’s Day, particularly flowers, seems to have developed from the old medieval holiday of “Mothering Sunday.
“Mothering Sunday” was a major event in the annual calendar . On this day people returned to worship at their “Mother” or home church – it was also the one day of the year when servants were give a day off to attend at their home church. Many servants were reunited with their families who they had not seen since the previous year and therefore the date became a significant date of celebration. TheÂ returning servants often gathered spring flowers as part of this celebration and as a gift for their Mother’s.