The History of Mother’s Day
The history of Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday. It has traditionally been a day when families unite to show love, thanks and appreciation to Mums, Nans and Wives everywhere. However, it has morphed into something much more. Not everyone has a mum and of those that do, not everyone is lucky enough to have them still with us. Mother’s Day has become a celebration of the significant women in everyone’s life, whoever that may be, whether they are your mother or not. It provides the opportunity for those who have unfortunately lost influential women to celebrate their memory. It is a day for you and your loved ones.
Origins of Mother’s Day
As with many traditions and festivities, Mother’s Day has some religious history and can also be traced back to Ancient Greeks and Romans. Both would have celebrations of Mother Goddesses in Spring.
In the UK, Mother’s Day has traditionally been held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was a originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary. This has been the case since the 16th / 17th Century, interestingly around the same time that tea started to become prominent in the UK.
Traditionally everyone would return home and attend their ‘mother’ church along with their family. These gatherings reunited families who may not have many opportunities to spend time together throughout the year. This included domestic servants receiving the day off so that they could likewise return to their ‘mother’ church*. In the USA, Mother’s Day developed as a way to celebrate all mothers, even after their passing.
Mother’s Day Gifting
Like other seasonal celebrations, Mother’s Day has developed into a gift giving occasion. With Mother’s Day gift sets rising in prominence. Traditionally Mother’s Day gifts were a combination of flowers and cake. Why not replicate this with a selection of floral and cake based teas in our Mother’s Day Tasting Menu. Give a gift To Mother With Love this year.
We think the best way to do this is to say it with tea & flowers.
Mother’s Day Food & Drink
Food seems to take centre stage on most festive occasions and Mother’s Day is no different. Mother’s Day was traditionally a break in the lent fast. This allowed people to indulge for one day during the long slog of lent.
From here, the concept of Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea developed. Any good afternoon tea is accompanied by the most exquisite of teas which is where we come in. With Mother’s Day 2021 being a bit different, we have put together a Mother’s Day Virtual Tea Party for you and your loved ones to enjoy. With everything you need to keep up that tradition virtually, be sure to take a look.