Mothering Sunday around the world in 2020

Mothering Sunday around the world in 2020
  How long until Mothering Sunday?
This holiday next takes place in 100 days.
  Dates of Mothering Sunday around the world
2021 Various Mar 14, Mar 21
GuernseySun, Mar 14Not A Public Holiday
IrelandSun, Mar 14Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Mar 14Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Mar 14Not A Public Holiday
United Kingdom Mar 14, Mar 21
United KingdomSun, Mar 21Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomSun, Mar 14Not A Public Holiday
2020 Various Mar 22
GuernseySun, Mar 22Not A Public Holiday
IrelandSun, Mar 22Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Mar 22Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Mar 22Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomSun, Mar 22Not A Public Holiday
2019 Various Mar 31
GuernseySun, Mar 31Not A Public Holiday
IrelandSun, Mar 31Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Mar 31Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Mar 31Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomSun, Mar 31Not A Public Holiday
2018 Various Mar 11
GuernseySun, Mar 11Not A Public Holiday
IrelandSun, Mar 11Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Mar 11Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Mar 11Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomSun, Mar 11Not A Public Holiday
2017 Various Mar 26
GuernseySun, Mar 26Not A Public Holiday
IrelandSun, Mar 26Not A Public Holiday
Isle of ManSun, Mar 26Not A Public Holiday
JerseySun, Mar 26Not A Public Holiday
United KingdomSun, Mar 26Not A Public Holiday
  Summary
Celebrated on the fourth Sunday during Lent, this modern celebration of Mothers has a older and different origin story
  Which countries observe Mothering Sunday in 2020?
Guernsey  GuernseyMar 22Not A Public Holiday
Ireland  IrelandMar 22Not A Public Holiday
Isle of Man  Isle of ManMar 22Not A Public Holiday
Jersey  JerseyMar 22Not A Public Holiday
United Kingdom  United KingdomMar 22Not A Public Holiday

When is Mother's Day in the UK and Ireland?

Mother's Day (also known as 'Mothering Sunday') is celebrated in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It is not a public holiday.

Most people today equate Mothering Sunday with the traditions of the American Mother's Day and although the modern celebration of this holiday in the UK and Ireland is the same as the international version, the origin of Mother's Day in the British Isles has nothing to do with anything maternal.

History of Mother's Day in the UK and Ireland

On the fourth Sunday in Lent, from about the sixteenth century, it had been a tradition for families to attend a church service in the nearest important church or cathedral - their 'Mother' church.

Attending the church service together was a rare occasion for families to gather as one, and members of the family who worked on that day were often given the day off, so they could also attend the service.

As time went by, servants and apprentices were still given the day off, but instead of going to the 'mother' church, they would have used the day off to spend time with their families and indeed their mothers.

So, if you have forgotten to get your mother a gift this Mother's day, don't worry - just tell her the true non-mother related origin of the day - I'm sure she will understand...

Nowadays, Mother's Day is a celebration of the role of the mother, similar to the American tradition, and children will give their Mother's a card and gift; younger children making their mother breakfast is a common activity. Mother's Day is the third most popular holiday to buy greeting cards for, behind Christmas and St. Valentine's Day.

The fourth Sunday in some Christian traditions was known as 'Refreshment Sunday' or the 'Sunday of the five loaves', as it was supposedly the day on which the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand took place when Jesus fed five thousand people despite only having five loaves of bread and two fishes.

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