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Are Mothers Day England traditions different from the U.S. ones?

I’m going to celebrate this year’s mum day in the UK and would like to know whether these traditions are different from the ones in the U.S. Do they have anything special to do this day? Do they even celebrate it? I would like to organize a happy mom’s day this year. Considering that we’ve been in England for only a couple of weeks as of now, I seriously lack the understanding of the culture. That is why your help on Mothers Day England traditions would be greatly appreciated.

Amanda Johnson

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Ralph Lopez on May 11, 2018

I’m sorry to disappoint you, but you probably won’t see any cheerful celebrations going on. You see, the UK has a different date saved for Mother’s Day. They do not celebrate it on the second Sunday of May. Instead, they use the fourth Sunday in Lent. I’ve heard that this date also differs from the rest of Europe. The holiday is also known as Mothering Sunday in the country. The roots of this tradition go as back as the 13th century when the citizens honored their mother exactly on the fourth Sunday in Lent. There is a theory that, originally, this holiday takes roots in the Sunday visits to the “mother church” where people have been baptized. Personally, I believe in more ancient roots and think that the mum’s day is a derivative of worshipping mother figures in ancient Greece or Rome.

There is also some traditional food for this holiday (however, it is not as important as turkey for Thanksgiving and so on.) Some families bake a Simnel cake that contains fruit. These cakes vary from place to place and can take different forms including a star-shaped one or a unique flat that can be seen in some shops. Fame families pass a tradition of serving furmenty. This is a kind of porridge that includes beans, milk, and sugar. Though the taste may seem a little bit strange to you, this is the nostalgic taste of their childhood for some people.

A happy moms’ day for people in England is when you wake up to a hot breakfast in bed. Children, as well as husbands, usually wake up earlier to cook something tasty for the woman of the household. A traditional Mother’s Day gift is a pretty hand-made greeting card from a child. However, many companies today create cards of various styles for this occasion, so, people are buying them more and more often, especially grown-ups when they are going to greet their mothers. many children still try to make something themselves. In schools, teachers even devote the whole lessons to the creation of a beautiful card. So, kids are still involved in DIY gifts.

In general, Mother’s Day in England is not so different from the one in the U.S. the only differences are the official date and a Simnel pie. And, maybe, the UK is drowning in the greeting card a little bit more than the U.S. 

Craig Stewart2 years ago

The traditions are generally the same. Moreover, not all people celebrate this day in both countries. I know many people who would just call their mother to tell a few warm words and that’s all. If not for the holiday cards, I would often forget the holiday at all. I don’t believe there are such strong traditions on Mother’s Day in England as on Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Easter, and so on. I’ve never had special food prepared exclusively on this day. Most often, this is just what my family likes the most. As for the festivities, it all depends on a city. Some places have festive fairs where you can find many sellers of hand-made goods, some music is played, and people are strolling around. However, they are not everywhere and not every year. It also depends on whether greatly.


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