When is International Mother's Day 2017?

This weekend there will be another chance for us to say thanks to your mum for everything she does for you every day of the year when International Mother's Day is celebrated.
This year Mother's Day will fall on Sunday, May 14.
Like the UK the date changes every year too - it's traditionally held on the second Sunday of May.
And its most commonly associated with America, but it's won't be the only country to celebrate mums on the same day this Sunday.
It's also celebrated across the globe in many places including Australia, the Caribbean, Canada, China, Japan and in parts of Europe too, like Germany and Switzerland.
So if you didn't get to do something special as you had hoped for your mum in March then this is a welcome chance to make ammends.



How will you show your love this Mother's Day?
How will you show your love this Mother's Day? 

The History of Mother's Day in the UK and the US

Did you know the original UK event once had nothing to do with our mums at all?
In the UK, we have had Mothering Sunday since the 16th century.
It fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and had originally been in honour of the Saint John Climacus.
Simnel cake - a light fruit cake decorated with 12 marzipan balls to represent Jesus and the apostles (with the exception of Judas) - was made for the day as a break from the fasting of Lent.



Simnel cake has an historic link to Mother's Day
Simnel cake has an historic link to Mother's Day
On Mothering Sunday, people returned to their mother church - the main church or cathedral in the area. In addition, it's said that the services often focused on Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Household servants were also given the day off to attend the service with their family.
However, this religious tradition had started to fade away by the early 20th century.
And then, during the Second World War , when American and British troops lived and fought alongside each other, the UK’s Mothering Sunday and the USA’s Mother’s Day began to blend into one event.
The US version was very different. It was started by a prominent churchgoer called Anna Jarvis, who came up with the idea at a Sunday school lesson in 1876 and held the first one as a memorial ceremony for her late mother in 1908.
She trademarked the phrase Mother’s Day in 1912 and then campaigned to make this an officially recognised annual event. It was declared a national holiday in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson and is held on the second Sunday in May every year.
She was not happy, however, with the commercialisation of the event into a way of selling chocolates, cards and flowers.
Will you choose to say thanks with flowers this Mother's Day too?
Will you choose to say thanks with flowers this Mother's Day too?
Although the UK has adopted America’s emphasis on the celebration of mothers and the name of the occasion, it has kept the date of the old Mothering Sunday.
It is held on a different day in America, so don't get the two mixed up.
America's Mothering Sunday in 2017 will be held on Sunday, May 14.
And you can find out which other countries will do the same here.
There are different dates in other countries, right through the year from the first Sunday of February in Kosovo to December 22 in Indonesia.

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