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Mother's Day History

Mothering Sunday in Britain


Mothering Sunday 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.

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