Mother’s Day (or ‘Mothering Sunday’) has been in existence in Britain since the 16th century, but originally it was a religious occasion referring to ‘Mother Church’. The first modern celebration of this day was in 1907, when Anna Jarvis held the first Mother’s Day service of worship at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. The idea of celebrating mothers then quickly spread to Britain. Click here for the history of Mother’s Day.
Different countries may have different dates for Mother’s Day. This Sunday 27th March is our Mother’s Day in Britain.
Below are some fun ways to celebrate with your mother:
- Start by offering breakfast in bed for your mother
- Sending flowers can make your mother happy
- Giving a day off to you mum and encouraging her to relax and go out with friends
- Surprising your mum with a lovely gift whether you make one or buy one from the shop
- Spend a day together with your mum and family.
As a language school, we have many students from different nationalities, today we have interviewed some of them and how they celebrate Mother’s Day in their countries.
Celebration in China – our Chinese student Ge Wu said:
“I will order nice flowers before the day comes and it will be delivered to my mum on Mother’s day as a surprise and I will arrange a nice dinner out with the family. My family will celebrate it simply as my mum doesn’t like a big party.”
Celebration in Saudi Arabia – Our Saudi student Nafea said:
“Saudi Arabia prepares to celebrate Mother’s Day on 21st of March every year.
On this day, the government organises events and conferences to talk about mothers and how to respect them. The media concentrates on this event and make it a great festival.
In addition, most families celebrate with their mothers and organise parties, children give their mother a present to show how their love for her and their respect and appreciation for her hard work.
To sum up, mothers deserve a lot of respect because they look after us when we are young and also when we grow up.”
Celebration in the UK – our admission officer Alex said:
“We traditionally open cards and presents in the morning and then go for a lovely family walk and meal with our family. Our cards are filled with lovely messages about our female relatives, and now extend to more modern relationships and include step-mothers, and also to celebrate people who are like a mother to me. Typical presents include beautiful bouquets of flowers and chocolates, candles and clothing.”
We also interviewed one of our pre-sessional teachers – Mandana who is also a mother of 2 children. She said:
“My kids will buy gifts and cards for me, sometimes they take me out for dinner. My daughter always tries to find out what I need/want/wish before Mother’s Day.”
Some kids might make their own gifts for their mum when they are at school, such as a drawing or a card.
Mother’s Day is an important day for both children and mothers. They are the reason for your existence, and mothers deserve all your love, respect and attention. We wish you and your mother a very happy Mother’s Day.