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Celebrate Mother's Day

Category General Published 1 March 2018 by Phil Mann

Celebrate Mother's Day

What's behind Mother's Day and how can you celebrate?

Get some great ideas of what to get your dear old Mum this Mother's Day, on Sunday 11th March.

Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Day. It is traditionally the day to celebrate your mother, although that's not always been the case. Despite the name, the "Mother" in the title used to be a person's "mother church" (the church in which a Christian was baptised).

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Celebrate Mother's Day

Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Day. It is traditionally the day to celebrate your mother, although that's not always been the case. Despite the name, the "Mother" in the title used to be a person's "mother church" (the church in which a Christian was baptised).

Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering." As the years progressed, Mothering Sunday became a day when servants and house staff were given a day off to visit the church, usually with their own mothers and other family members and thus a holiday was born.

It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since this was the era before people had weekends and holidays.

Children and young people who were "in service" (as household servants) were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families (or, originally, return to their "mother" church). The children would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers. Nowadays our gifts might be more complicated, and we might be able to spend more time with our families if we choose, but the tradition still remains.

Due to America's separation of church and state, they set up a whole separate day for Mother's Day which is why we have a different day to our cousins across the pond.

For this mother's day why not check out our baking supplies and see if you can't bake a traditional easter cake to surprise a loved one with.

Simnel Cake

This light fruit cake was traditionally given to Mothers on Mothering Sunday . It's made from white flour, sugar, butter, eggs, spices, dried fruits, zest and candied peel. There are two layers of marzipan, one running through the middle and the other on top (this top one is usually slightly toasted to bring out the flavour), and then traditionally topped with eleven marzipan balls.

Hot Cross Buns

Many of the same ingredients also go into Hot Cross Buns, which are made of white flour, spice, butter, sugar, lemon zest, eggs, milk and dried fruit. Then mix a smooth paste from flour and pipe across the top to make a cross, and glaze with golden syrup.

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