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When is Mothers Day UK 2011

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.

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Mother's Day
Began in The UK

19th and 20th CenturiesMothering Sunday - Honor Mom

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.

Earliest References to
Mother's Day

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.

Dates in Future YearsMother's Day Jokes

When is Mothers
Day - Dates In Other Years

  •   3rd April 2011
  • 18th March 2012
  • 10th March 2013
  • 30th March 2014
  • 15th March 2015

The Origin of
Mother's Day In America

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.Mother's Day Jokes

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.

The Vocabulary
of a Mother

  • Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the children would care to order a dessert.
  • Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the
    strained carrots.
  • 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
    than yours.
  • 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.

Witty and Funny Mother's
Day Jokes Mother's Day

Phone Home?

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.

See International Women's Day 8th

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.
No man
does.  That's his. - Oscar Wilde

The Stages Of
Motherhood: Author Unknown
[Will and Guy do not agree with all these

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
quite everything.
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's Story for Mothers DayStories for Mothering Sunday

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 Mother of a Small Boy Says

  • 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'
    , it's
    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


  • May 13th - 18th March 2012
  • May 12th - 10th March 2013
  • May 11th - 30th March 2014
  • May 10th - 15th March 2015

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