Mothering Sunday - Celebrating Mother's Day in the UK
Mothering Sunday & Mother's Day Flowers:
Mother's day is a time for expressing love and gratitude to Mothers for all that they do. Most traditionally, people give gifts of flowers on Mother’s day. Mother’s day is most popularly celebrated around the world on the second Sunday of May. Some of the countries recognising and celebrating Mother’s day on this day include the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, China and much of Europe and South America.
Mothering Sunday - "Mother's Day" in the UK
In the UK, the day to express love and offer thanks to our mothers is better known as Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday is celebrated in the UK on the fourth Sunday of Lent, therefore with the changing date of Easter each year, the date of Mothering Sunday is also different each year. In 2012, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the 18th March.
Although Mothering Sunday is increasingly referred to as Mother's Day in the UK, its history and origins are completely different. Mothering Sunday has a very rich historical and cultural significance.
It is thought that the origins of Mothering Sunday date back as early as Ancient Roman times, where ceremonies to worship the Roman Mother Goddess – Cybele – during the Roman Hilaria festival, were later adopted by Christianity around the 16th century to honour and pay respect to the Virgin Mary. Later, this day of Christian celebration in honour of the Virgin Mary became a day of worship where people visited their home or "Mother" Church, usually being the Church or Cathedral they were baptized in. This tradition continued throughout Victorian times, where children that had been sent to work as domestic servants were sent home on this day to visit their Mother Church, also taking flowers, gifts and cakes home for their mothers. This eventually became a day to honour all mothers and became known as "Mothering Sunday".
Whether celebrating the historically significant Mothering Sunday in the UK, or Mother's day around the world, the modern day celebration of Mother's day is a day to honour all mothers, to celebrate motherhood and the maternal bond and most importantly express love and give thanks to our mothers.
Flowers for Mother's Day
The most significant Mother's Day tradition that has been carried on throughout the centuries has been giving flowers. Whether it is a handpicked posy of spring flowers given by a child or flowers delivered by a florist across the country, it is tradition to send flowers or give flowers on Mother's Day.
Buying Flowers Online
In this day and age it is easy to buy flowers online and send flowers or floral arrangements to just about anywhere in the world. Having flowers delivered is the perfect way to say "I love you mum!"
One advantage of buying flowers online for Mother's day is that florists usually display a large selection of flowers and arrangements online, so that it is easy to choose a bouquet or arrangement that would make the perfect gift for Mum! Ordering flowers online also adds to the surprise of having flowers delivered to your doorstep!
Flowers for Mothering Sunday can be purchased online for delivery to the United Kindom (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland) through Florist Works UK.
Finding a Local Florist
Local florists can easily arrange delivery, and usually stock fresh flowers that are in season, so finding a local florist can guarantee a beautiful arrangement, posy or bouquet of stunning fresh flowers for Mother's Day. Whether ordering flowers from a local florist or buying flowers online, it is ideal to get orders in early for Mother's day, as it is one of the busiest days of the year for florists.
Popular flowers for Mothering Sunday or Mother's day in the UK include the traditional spring posy – a custom carried on from as early as the 16th century, when churches gave children a small posy of spring flowers to give to their mothers. The carnation is also a popular traditional Mother's day flower, though there are many stunning floral combinations that would make a memorable floral gift on Mother’s Day. Choosing flowers in vibrant and fresh spring colours are popular, for instance pink roses, orange gerberas, fuchsia orchids and lime green button chrysanthemums. Talk to your local florist about what flowers are in season around Mother’s Day, to ensure you choose the perfect flowers!
Happy Mothering Sunday!
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