Mother’s Day 2021: When is Mothering Sunday?

Mother's Day 2016: When is Mothering Sunday?

Mother’s Day 2021: When is Mothering Sunday?

Mum’s the word this month as March marks Mothering Sunday.

And this Sunday is the day to pamper you mother with something special like a meal or a day out, and remember to buy cards, flowers and chocolates.

If you’re thinking of booking a restaurant table or making some other specific arrangement, it’s time to start planning.

So when is Mother’s Day in 2021 and why does the date change each year?

In the UK and Ireland, Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent.

So in 2021, Mother’s Day will be on Sunday March 6.

It was originally a religious occasion when people visited the ‘mother church’ – the main church or cathedral in their area rather than the local ‘daughter church.’

Today it’s more generally known as a day for pampering the mother of the family.

The date varies each year because Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, which depends on Easter – and that in turn is a moveable feast worked out from the full moon near the Spring Equinox.

To indicate how much the date moves around, in 2014 Mother’s Day was on March 30 in the UK, two weeks after the 2021 date. And in 2021, it will be on March 6, a week earlier than in 2021.

Still confused? Then you won’t want to know that Mother’s Day is celebrated on different dates around the world.

In the USA, it’s not linked to the religious calendar and is on the second Sunday of May each year. For 2021, it will be on May 10 in the USA.

Other countries also have their own unusual customs to mark their Mother’s Days.

In Brazil, Mother’s Day is one of the biggest celebrations on the calendar, second only to Christmas, and is usually marked by barbecues.

In Thailand, Mother’s Day is a national holiday which includes firework displays around the country.

Mums here will be glad to learn that the custom of some parts of Eastern Europe isn’t celebrated in the UK, where Mother’s Day is sometimes marked by the tying up of mum until she supplies treats to her children.

But some mums will be sad they’re not from Ethiopia – here Mother’s ‘Day’ is a three day festival of feasting, singing and dancing which also marks the end of the rainy season.

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