Looking after Mum

Did you know that Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day are two different events? Mothering Sunday is a religious holiday that is celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Christians across some parts of Europe. The date changes year-on-year as it will always fall on the fourth Sunday in Lent; exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday.Historically, it is believed that Mothering Sunday dates back to the Sixteenth century when on the fourth Sunday in Lent people returned home to their ‘mother church’.

The Catholic and Protestant churches recognise Mothering Sunday as a time for honouring mothers and giving them presents. However, due to commercialisation, the day is now more commonly know as Mother’s Day,which across other parts of the world is a completely different holiday to Mothering Sunday. Here in the UK and the Republic Of Ireland, Mothering Sunday is now celebrated as Mother’s Day.

In America, Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 when a lady called Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. Anna began her campaign in 1905 to make Mother’s Day a recognised holiday – her mission was to honour her own mother and to set aside a day to honour mothers. Anna worked as a peace activist during the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Her campaign was rejected in 1908 by congress but by 1911, due to her continued campaigning, all US states began to recognise Mother’s Day as a local holiday. Now across a large part of the globe, the second Sunday in May is known as Mother’s Day.

So wherever you are in the world today, Mother’s Day will fall on the day that your country of residence has adopted. However, for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, Nigeria and the Isle Of Man, Mother’s Day will fall on 6th March in 2016. For the rest of the world, dates will differ – however, for the majority of people the second Sunday in May will be when they choose to celebrate.

Here at UK Postbox, our ‘Shop and Ship’ service is the perfect way to ensure that your mum is not forgotten this Mother’s Day. Wherever you – or your mum – are in the world, we can deliver a hand-wrapped personalised gift. To make it extra special this year, simply go online and order your chosen gift (or gifts!) from her favourite stores, get them delivered to your UK Postbox address. Then simply instruct us where and when the parcel needs to be delivered. We can wrap your gifts in some lovely paper, personalise as required and then organise delivery – job done and you will have an extra happy mum!

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Allan Chester
February 9, 2016
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