Feel like Mother’s Day has come around again really quickly? You’re not going mad and you don’t need to panic-buy any flowers (although we’re sure your mum would appreciate them anyway). 



While the UK’s Mothering Sunday was celebrated on 11th March this year, many other countries celebrate International Mother’s Day on 13th May instead.

So why the difference? The surprising answer is that the two days actually have nothing to do with each other.

International Mother’s Day was declared an official celebration in the US in 1914. The announcement was made by President Woodrow Wilson, following Anna Jarvis’ campaign to set aside a national day to celebrate mothers. Today, the second Sunday in May is a celebration in more than 90 countries all around the world.

Mothering Sunday, on the other hand, has religious roots. The name originally referred to people’s “mother” churches - that is, the church in which they were baptised or which they attended as children. Three weeks before Easter Sunday, workers would be given the day off to return to their mother church. This tradition meant that they would be in their hometown and would often visit their families, sometimes bringing gifts from their wealthy employers. Over time, this evolved into the celebration that we recognise today.

The UK’s next Mothering Sunday might not be until 31st March 2019, but International Mother’s Day means you have an extra excuse to treat her.

Order before 10th May and we’ll even give you 10% off your order if you use the promo code REACHHER at checkout.