In North America Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Currently, there are close to 70 countries that officially celebrate Mother’s Day, but at different times of the year. In the UK, it is called “Mothering Day” and falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Mothering Day this year is March 22nd.
Mothering Sunday didn’t start as a celebration for Mothers. It began in the 16th Century he word “mothering” referred to the “mother church”, which is to say the main church or cathedral of the region.
It became a tradition that, on the fourth Sunday of Lent, people would return to their mother church for a special service. This pilgrimage was apparently known as “going a-mothering”, and became something of a holiday event, with domestic servants–like our downstairs staff at Downton Abbey–traditionally given the day off to visit their own families as well as their mother church.
Celebrating Differently this Year
In 2020 social distancing will have an impact on how many of you celebrate Mothering Day in the UK and quite likely Mothers Day in May. People over 60 are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 so there will need to be an adjustment to how to show moms in your life that you care. Social distancing doesn’t mean isolation.
For those who are together in quarantine together here are some Mothers Day recipe ideas
My mother lives across the country so this year will be no different for us.
What you can still do:
- Send a Card or write a letter
- Send flowers
- Call, FaceTime or Skype
- Order Gifts from Amazon
- Drop off a food care package
Simnel cakes originated in the medieval era. The cake is also served as Mothering Cake.
It is a light fruitcake, covered in marzipan, then toasted. Eating of the cake signifies the end of Lent so it is rich with the butter, eggs and milk which were restricted during Lent. Marzipan or almond paste is baked into the middle and topped with eleven marzipan balls representing the true disciples of Jesus (omitting Judas). In some variations, Christ is also represented by the placement of a ball in the centre.
Mother’s Day Gifts For Downton Abbey Fans