The History Behind Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day will soon be here, and that can only mean one thing; there is no better time to treat the special lady in your life! There are plenty of things to do in Wiltshire this Mother’s Day, so whether you love your mum, grandmother, auntie or friend, let them know how much you appreciate them – we think our Mothering Sunday lunch is the perfect treat. They’ll even get a little gift from all of us at The Bath Arms…

So, what is Mothering Sunday all about? We all love our mums, and festivals of celebration for motherhood are first recorded in ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman times. You might be surprised to learn that Mothering Sunday is a different celebration to Mother’s Day entirely!

Mothering Sunday in the UK is observed in parishes of the Church of England and Anglican denominations – it falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Day. Those of faith would return to their “mother church”- this being the church where they were baptised, their local parish or the nearest cathedral, for a special service. It was seen as the perfect time for the family to spend time together, and children would pick flowers.

The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Over time the UK tradition started to lose popularity and in 1914 British Constance Penswick-Smith wanted to revive Mothering Sunday; by the 1950s, Mother’s Day was celebrated across all the UK thanks to the popularity of the American holiday.

Nowadays, Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday are names used interchangeably, but one thing we can all agree on is that it is the perfect time to treat Mum to a day out, meal, flowers or chocolates!

Don’t forget, Mum’s go free at Longleat on the 30th and 31st March! Find out more here.  

Don’t be stuck for things to do in Wiltshire this Mother’s Day. Head to Longleat and if you want to book your mum a special Mother’s Day meal, contact us today.

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