was celebrated in Britain
beginning in the 17th century
- it was honored on the fourth Sunday in Lent
- it began as a day when apprentices and servants could return home for the day to visit their mothers
- they often brought a gift with them, often a "mothering cake" -- a kind of fruitcake or fruit-filled pastry known as simnels.
- furmety, a sweetened boiled cereal dish, was often served at the family dinner during Mothering Sunday celebrations
- by the 19th century, the holiday had almost completely died out
- Mother's Day in Britain -- or Mothering Sunday -- came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales, etc.
Mother's Day: What You Need to Know
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