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Mother's Day in Britain always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent while in many other countries, most notably the USA, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

Mothering Sunday was originally a time when people returned to the church, in which they were baptized or where they attended services when they were children. This meant that families were reunited, as adults returned to the towns and villages where they grew up. Later it became accepted practice for the rich to allow their servants to visit their families on the day. They could use this day to visit their own mother and often took a gift of food or hand-me-down clothing from their employers to her. In turn, this moved towards the modern holiday, on which people still visit and take gifts to their mothers.

However, springtime celebration of the matriarch goes back much further than that. From as far back as 250BC, the Romans chose the Ides of March to make offerings in the temple of Cybele, the Mother of the Gods. But even before that the ancient Greeks celebrated their equivalent, Rhea, in the spring.


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Thanks Wendy, I wondered what you were up to!! There is a strong family resemblance down the female line... not sure who got it first though, I'm very like my Mum, but don't remember what my Gran looked like - but she had Greek genetics!


Thanks whatnauts, I did have a nice day :~)


A belated Happy Mothering Day, Mandy. As you know by now, I slept all through your special day without even knowing that it was your special day in the UK. And you already know that I think your daughters are absolutely are you. :-)


A belated Happy Mother's Day to you. Sounds like you had a nice day. Thanks for sharing this Who Knew puzzle with Jigidi-land.


Thanks Katie - I've just come off the phone to daughter #2 - so they've both called me today to wish me Happy Mothering Sunday. So I'm feeling well loved!! I'm really so pleased that you and many other people are enjoying the history lessons I've been adding to the puzzles... I have to smile because it's got me thinking "Who Knew???" people loved history so much???


Thanks PJ, it is interesting learning about different cultures traditions.


I'm glad you liked hearing about it, shazzaannie :~)


Hi Mandy, a beautiful collection of images to celebrate UK's Mothering Day! I hope you get to have nice, long chats with your children today. As always, you've provided us with such compelling information about the history. Thank you ever so much!


Mandy - glorious images, and it was interesting to hear about the British traditions.

That is such a touching story about your church.


Thanks Chailie - Eastbourne is about 1.5 hours drive from me... closer than Kent!! I take it you live elsewhere?? :~)


Edie, that was a really lovely thing they did at the hospital where you were born. Where I used to go to church, the children would have posies of flowers to present to all the ladies in the congregation on Mothering Sunday. They didn't restrict it to mothers though, because some ladies would have loved children, but for whatever reason didn't or couldn't, so we didn't want them to feel left out - specially as I don't think you have to physically be a mother in order to provide Mothering for children and young people. :~))


Thanks Francine, I am surprised that some people didn't know about this... I knew the dates differed from country to country. Now you do know perhaps you can celebrate too :~))


Thanks Magda, your generous words brought me a big smile!! It's not when the celebration occurs that is important, it's just good that every Mum gets a special day to be honoured. Warmer sounds good :~)))


Thanks shazzaannie - it must be the weird hours I keep that had you think I was US based!!! You must be about the closest other Jigidi member I've met so far :~)))


Goodness, Hanne - you've been missing out.... let your family know and maybe they'll start celebrating with you!! All mother's deserve a celebratory day wherever they live !! Thanks for visiting :~)


Thanks Rosie, what a lovely wish for all of the mothers in the UK :~)))


Ardy, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the pictures, and a history lesson too :~)))


Thanks roadworn, I try to find a little history for all the celebratory days, but I think many of them are as you say and created for card companies!! I won't be seeing either of my children today, they live too far away, but thankfully I will be able to call them... if they don't call me first!!! It's nice to see you here today :~)


Hi Mandy. Love the puzzle. My Mother used to live in Eastbourne.


I remember my mother telling me that when I was born, which was a few days before Mother's Day, all the babies in the hospital were brought to their mother's with a flower. Over the years we always combine my birthday and Mother's Day into one celebration. Thanks for all the info and the lovely pictures Mandy.


Cheers Mandy; I'm another one who didn't know about Mothering Sunday. Thanks for the puzzle and the info. Wishing you a good day.


I don't know, dear Mandy, what I enjoy more: your puzzles, the always interesting info, or the equally interesting comments. Thanks so much. In Switzerland mothers day is also celebrated first sunday in May. We like it a bit warmer, I believe!

Ahhhhh a wonderful day to celebrate. I hadn't realised you were in the UK, for some bizzaire reason I had it in my head that you were in the states. I'm just down the road in Kent.


This is wonderful information Mandy!! I didn't know anything about it till now!! Thanks so very much!!


Thanks for a wonderful "Who knew" puzzle and lesson on celebratory days. And may I wish all of our English Jigidi counterparts a glorious Mothering Day. May your children and partners spoil you today and celebrate all of your sacrifices you've made for your family. Rosie


What a beautiful collage to celebrate a wonderful time set aside to honor mothers of all kinds. Thank you, Mandy, for preparing this and for the history of the day.


The animal babies are wonderful, especially the hippos.

Thanks for the history. I had no idea the holiday had that much background. Here in the States, I think it is believed to be a holiday made up be the greeting card companies, so it is good to know there may be more to its development than just that.


Hi madmaxi - I hope you saw my apology for yesterday when I missed seeing your comment until late last night? I'm delighted you've come back today, and you're welcome to the history lesson!! I just bookmarked a couple of your delightful puzzles, and am thinking you are in Shropshire?? I'm in W Sussex.


Good morning Barb... I'm always amazed that you are here so early, and love seeing you!! Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the mother and baby pics... I thought all human ones would be just too OTT!!

truly wonderful pzzle and thanks for the history of mothers day :-))


Although coming to Canada when I was almost 6, I was born in England and am familiar with Mothering Sunday. Like the US, we celebrate in May. Love reading the history and seeing your delightful images, Mandy. Love seeing mother animals with their young. Thanks for a wonderful puzzle! :-)