Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday Quick Facts

2021 Date14 March 2021
2022 Date27 March 2022
Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday History

Mothering Sunday seeks to show appreciation for mothers by showing them love and gratitude through gifts and acts of kindness. This day is believed to have been adopted from ancient Greek ceremonies in which they would worship Rhea, the mother of Gods and Goddesses. In the 16th century, Mothering Sunday was still viewed as a religious celebration. It honoured the Virgin Mary as well as mother churches. These were the main churches and cathedrals that families frequented.

Mothering Sunday was revived in 1913 by Constance Adelaide Smith. She wanted to honour mother churchers, Mother Mary, mother nature, and all the mothers of the world. This day is observed annually on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

Mothering Sunday Facts

  • Mothering Sunday was originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary. Celebrations required people to visit their mother church. This was considered the main church or cathedral within their home area. It was believed to be essential for people to return to their mother church in order to make it a true family honoured occasion.
  • Constance Penswick-Smith was an Englishwoman responsible for reviving Mothering Sunday in the 1910s. She wrote a book titled, the Revival of Mothering Sunday and she also created the Society for the Observance of Mothering Sunday.
  • Mothering Sunday started to see a decline in the 1930s. During the war however, many felt the need to give thanks to their mothers for their efforts while they were away. According to, seeing American and Canadian soldiers celebrate Mother’s Day made many Europeans feel the need to also celebrate. Thus, they brought back Mothering Sunday.

Mothering Sunday Top Events and Things to Do

  • Do something special for your mother. Make her breakfast in bed, take care of the chores, or surprise her with a gift.
  • Plan a family vacation or trip. Take care to show special appreciation to mothers.
  • Watch a feel-good movie about mothers and family to celebrate. Here are our suggestions:
    The Incredibles 2 (2018)
    Lady Bird (2017)
    Brave (2012)

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