US Mother's Day

US Mother's Day Quick Facts - GB

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2024 Date12 May 2024
2025 Date11 May 2025

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Mother's Day History

Mother's Day is dedicated to honouring and appreciating the love, care, and sacrifices made by mothers, across the United Kingdom with great enthusiasm and affection. This day provides an opportunity for children to express gratitude and shower their mothers with heartfelt messages, thoughtful gifts, and special gestures. While the core sentiments of love and appreciation remain constant, the manner in which Mother's Day is celebrated has evolved over time, integrating traditions from both religious and secular backgrounds.

The origins of Mothering Sunday, as it is traditionally known in the United Kingdom, can be traced back to the 16th century when people would return to their 'mother church' for a special service held during the Christian season of Lent. Over time, this religious custom transformed into a secular event dedicated to showering mothers with love and affection. This evolution saw the adoption of practices such as the exchanging of gifts and the presentation of Simnel cake - a traditional fruit cake decorated with marzipan - symbolising love and gratitude.

In the United Kingdom, families across the nation come together to create treasured memories, honouring the bond between mother and child and celebrating the pivotal role mothers play in shaping the lives of their children. Mother's Day is observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which usually falls between late March and early April.

US Mother's Day facts

  • Julia Ward Howe, the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, came up with the notion of a Mother's Day in 1870. In a proclamation, she urged mothers to take a stand against sons killing the sons of other mothers.
  • In the animal kingdom, Orangutan moms are the "primate champion" of motherhood, having the longest dependent care period among great apes, with their offspring weaning off at about 6 to 7 years old.
  • Mothers in the UK continue to face a gender pay gap, with women earning an average of 15.5% less than men, according to the Office for National Statistics. The gap is even more significant for mothers who work part-time, as they tend to earn less than both full-time working mothers and part-time working fathers.
  • Grandmothers often play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren in the UK. A study conducted by Age UK found that 40% of grandparents in the UK provide some form of childcare for their grandchildren.

Top things to do in the UK for US Mother's Day

  • Send mom and grandma flowers. You can either pick them up and deliver them yourself if you are nearby or use one of many online services that ship directly to her door.
  • Give mom a gift she will really appreciate - a day at the spa or a weekend off.
  • Book a reservation at The Ritz London. Famous for its afternoon tea service, the hotel offers a special Mother's Day brunch, which includes a selection of hot and cold dishes, as well as a glass of champagne
  • Visit the Langham hotel in London for their special Mother's Day tea service, which includes a selection of sandwiches, scones, and pastries, as well as a glass of champagne.

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