In the UK, the date of Mother's Day is dependent on Easter, whereas in
the USA Mother's Day is always the second Sunday in May. Mothers Day
2013 is on the 10th of March. However in America children celebrate
Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, which is May 12th in 2013.
- 1 Mother's Day Topics
- 2 HowMother's DayBegan in The UK
- 3 Dates in Future Years
- 4 When is MothersDay - Dates In Other Years
- 5 The Origin ofMother's Day In America
- 6 The Vocabularyof a Mother
- 7 Punctuation of Mother's Day and Mothers' Day
- 8 Witty and Funny Mother'sDay Jokes
- 9 Two Quotations to Ponder
- 10 The Stages OfMotherhood: Author Unknown[Will and Guy do not agree with all thesesentiments]
- 11 Sara's Story for Mothers Day
- 12 A Mother of a Small Boy Says
- 13 When is MothersDay?
- 14 See more special day events:
Mother's Day Topics
- How Mother's Day Began
- Earliest References to
- The Origin of Mother's
Day In America
- When Is Mothers Day Other Years
- The Vocabulary of A Mother
- Sara's Story for Mothers Day
19th and 20th Centuries
Mother's Day in the UK can be understood by reference to its less
common, but more descriptive name - Mothering Sunday. Let us look back at a
time when many young men and women worked away from home as servants of the wealthy.
Masters would give the their servants an occasional day off to attend their
own church, and this would have
been an opportunity to visit their families after the service. Eventually, visiting
mother became the
prime purpose of this annual day off and thus 'Mothering Sunday' was born.
Mothering Sunday in the Middle Ages
Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in Britain on the fourth Sunday in Lent
since the 16th century. One suggestion of its origins is that the
custom originated in the church festival of 'Refreshment Sunday' when everyone
was expected to revisit the church in which they were baptised, their 'Mother
Alternatively Mothering Sunday may have started when English Catholics were supposed
to travel to attend Mass in their 'Mother Church', this would have been the regional cathedral
rather than in their local parish. Whatever the merits of this theory, by the Reformation, it had changed
into an occasion for children to visit their parents.
The earliest occasions that can be accurately traced by historians, for
honouring the mother figure, are pre-Christian in origins, relating to the
mother-goddess of pagan religion and entwined with the springtime cycle of
renaissance [new life and rebirth].
The ancient Greeks chose a day in spring to honour the mother of the gods, Rhea:
early Christians held a springtime festival in honour of Mary the mother of
Jesus. As the Christian faith spread through Europe, this practice was carried
with it and this celebration of the Mother of Christ was gradually extended to
the Mother Church and, eventually, to honour all mothers.
Mother's Day in Other Countries
In the USA Mother's Day (as opposed to Mothering Sunday) is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, a date fixed
in 1914; interestingly this date is shared by Australia, Belgium, Denmark,
Finland, Italy and Turkey.
- 3rd April 2011
- 18th March 2012
- 10th March 2013
- 30th March 2014
- 15th March 2015
There are two claims for the origin of Mother's Day in America. The
person responsible for the modern form of this celebration was Anna Marie Jarvis,
whose mother died on May 9, 1905.
A memorial service was held on May
12, 1907 in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West
Virginia. However, the
first organized service was held on May 10, 1908. Anna, with the help
of John Wanamaker, campaigned to establish Mother's Day as a
national holiday in the USA.
On May 8, 1914, Congress passed a law which designated the second Sunday
in May as Mother's Day, and the next day President Woodrow Wilson announced the first national Mother's Day.
In this era it was a day for American citizens to honor those mothers whose
sons had died in war.
It was Anne Marie Jarvis who created the association between the
carnation and Mother's Day. The present tradition is to wear a red
carnation if you mother is living and a white one if she is deceased.
An earlier claim to have established Mother's day in 1868 involved
another Ann - Ann Jarvis, and this too had the theme of uniting mothers who
had lost a son in the Civil War. However, this was called not Mother's
Day but Mother's Friendship Day and its purpose was to reunite families that
had been separated, or divided by the American Civil War.
- Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the children would care to order a dessert.
- Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the
- Full Name: What you call your child when you're angry with him.
- Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even
though they're sure you're not raising them right.
- Independent: How we want our children to be for as long as they do
everything we say.
- Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small
bodies wearing dry shoes into.
- Show Off: A child who is more talented
- Whodunit: None of the children who live in your house.
- Bottle-feeding: An opportunity for Daddy to get up at 2 am.
See Mother's Day jokes.
Punctuation of Mother's Day and Mothers' Day
The apostrophe, to represent the possessive always causes spelling
difficulties. Will and Guy's logic is that we
remember one's mother, thus we write Mother's Day. In British English, as opposed to
American English, it's also possible for a group of unrelated people to celebrate their Mothers' Day.
While this usage of the apostrophe is grammatically correct in England, it's
not in common usage.
Translation: Guy know's it should be Mother's Day,
but occasionally he slips up and calls it Mothers' Day.
Lionel phones his mother living in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK.
'Mum, how are you?' he asks.
'Not too good,' answers Lionel's mother, 'I've been very weak.'
Lionel, concerned asks, 'Why are you so weak, mother?'
She says, 'Because I haven't eaten in 23 days'
Lionel stammers, 'That's terrible. Why haven't you eaten in 23 days?'
His mother replies, 'Because I didn't want my mouth to be filled with
food if you should phone.'
Turning The Knife
While assembling furniture, Liz asked her friend's six-year-old
son, Ricky, to bring her a screwdriver.
'Do you want a 'Daddy'
screwdriver or a 'Mummy' screwdriver?' Ricky politely inquired.
by the question, Liz responded with, 'Bring me a 'Mummy' screwdriver.'
Ricky returned and handed her a butter knife.
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Two Quotations to Ponder
I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford.
Then I want
to move in with them. - Phyllis Diller
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.
does. That's his. - Oscar Wilde
4 Years Of Age - My mummy can do anything.
8 Years Of Age
- My mum knows a lot.
12 Years Of Age - My mother doesn't really know
14 Years Of Age - Naturally, mother doesn't know that,
16 Years Of Age - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
Years Of Age - That old woman? She's way out of date.
25 Years Of Age -
Well, she might know a little bit about it.
35 Years Of Age - Before we
decide, let's get mum's opinion.
45 Years Of Age - Wonder what mum would
have thought about it.
65 Years Of Age - Wish, I could talk it over with
Sara, a little girl, is sitting and watching her mother wash the dishes at
the kitchen sink. At once she notices that her mother has several wisps of white
hair sticking out in contrast to the rest of her brunette hair. Sara looks at her mother and inquisitively asks,
'Why are some of your hairs white, Mum?'
Her mother answers, 'Well Sara, every time that you do something wrong and
make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.'
Sara thinks about this revelation for a while and then inquires, Mummy, why
is it then that all of grandma's hairs are white?'
- A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house, 4 inches deep.
- A 3-year old boy's
voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
- When you hear the toilet flush and the words 'uh oh'
already too late.
- Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.
- A six-year old boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old Man says they can only do it in the movies.
- Certain Lego'swill pass through the digestive tract of a 4-year old Boy.
- Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.
- Super glue is forever.
- No matter how much Jell-O you put in a
swimming pool you still can't
walk on water.
- Pool filters do not like Jell-O.
- Garbage bags do not make good
- Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
- You probably DO NOT want to know what that odour is.
- The fire department in Austin, Texas has a 5-minute response time.
- The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.
- It will, however, make cats dizzy.
- Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
- 80% of men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid.
- Women will pass this on to almost all of their friends, with or without
When is Mothers
USA - UK
- May 13th - 18th March 2012
- May 12th - 10th March 2013
- May 11th - 30th March 2014
- May 10th - 15th March 2015
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