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The history of Mother’s Day and why we celebrate it

Mother’s Day was created to appreciate motherhood and it is celebrated around the world in different ways. In the UK, Mother’s Day falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent and is celebrated by bearing cards and gifts for mother figures, to express your gratitude for their role in your life.


Mothering Sunday, as it was traditionally named in the Catholic Church, was originally for people to visit their “mother” church, but in recent times has moved away from religion and towards a holiday for children to show their appreciation for their mothers.

The UK was influenced by the USA’s version of Mother’s Day, which was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother, by 1911 all US states observed the holiday. However, Anna Jarvis became resentful of the commercialisation of Mother’s Day, as people saw it more about money/profit than sentiment, she even tried to remove it from the calendar altogether!

Why we celebrate it

Today most people recognise that Mother’s Day is about spending time with their mother and expressing how much they mean to them and the family. Cards and small gifts are bought as gestures of their love, a heartfelt message.

We want to thank all of our host family mothers for being so amazing – Southbourne School of English appreciates all of our host mothers for doing such a wonderful job welcoming students into the home!

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