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When is Mother's Day and everything else you want to know

There’s no-one quite like her, your number one, the eternal source of wise words and sagely advice: your lovely mum. For many of us, Mother's Day is an opportunity to truly express how much we love and appreciate the women who have been there with us from day dot with Mother’s Day gifts and cards.

But the tricksy nature of the holiday and its awkward annual date-change can sometimes lead to missing the moment to show our mums just how much they mean. So we’re on hand with all the key facts and figures about Mother’s Day to make sure you can celebrate in style this year.


Is Today Mother’s Day?

That depends. Not only does Mother’s Day change date every year, it’s also celebrated at different times across the world. With different cultural and religious calendars being observed in all corners of the globe, there’s no one-day-fits-all solution to Mother’s Day festivities. For those celebrating in the UK, add 14th March 2021 to your diary this year. Across the pond in the USA, there’s a bit more time to play with: you’re up on 9th May 2021.

What Date Is International Mother’s Day?

Although we all celebrate Mother’s Day at different times depending on where we are in the world, the second Sunday in May is often termed as International Mother’s Day, which this year is 9th May 2021.

Where Did Mother’s Day Come From?

While the modern manifestation of Mother’s Day emerged in America in 1907 after Anna Jarvis wanted a way to commemorate the memory of her late mother, there have been religious and cultural ceremonies in honour of our mothers throughout the ages. From the Roman festival of Hilaria to the ancient Greek celebration of the Goddess Rhea, our ancestors have always paid homage to the women who love us like no other. Today, Mother’s Day encompasses mothers, grandmothers, aunts and everyone else in between and is seen as a celebration for the women who have helped raise and shape us.

Is Mother’s Day Biblical?

The Bible makes no direct reference to Mother’s Day in the way that we know it today but the themes of respect and honour for our mothers crop up in both the Old and New Testaments. In fact, mothers are so crucial to Christian tradition. It’s even as early as Genesis where Eve is referred to as the “mother of all living” (Genesis 3:20). The Christian church also celebrates Laetare Sunday (or Mothering Sunday) on the fourth Sunday of Lent to give special thanks to mums around the world.

Why Are There Two Mother’s Days?

As we know, Mother’s Day comes at different times of the year depending on where we celebrate in the world. So in fact there are far more than just two Mother’s Days. Often, the two dates that get most attention, however, are the dates for Mother’s Day in the UK and the USA.

Why is Mother’s Day different in the UK?

We drive on the left, we love a queue and we apologise far too much. It’s only natural that our Mother’s Day is a bit different from the rest of the world’s. As we follow the Christian church calendar, we celebrate our wonderful mothers in March on Laetare Sunday (or Mothering Sunday).

What are Mother’s Day traditions?

As the celebration of Mother’s Day is often a special time for close family to get together, traditions are unique depending on where you look for them. Also known as Simnel Sunday for the ritual of baking Simnel cakes (a sumptuous spiced fruit cake topped with marzipan), Mothering Sunday finds its roots in gifts that are often homemade, or are inspired by the beauty of springtime blossoms, sunnier skies and brighter days.

Left it last minute? Send something lovely with our range of heartfelt and witty Mother’s Day cards and giftshere.

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