In the UK, Mothering Sunday traditionally falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent; this year it is the 6th March. The day has evolved over the years but it is thought it started with the tradition of people travelling to their ‘mother’ church (the main cathedral or church in the area) in the middle of Lent. This was a time when families were reunited as they were often spread far and wide due to children having to work away from home. By the twentieth century the day was no longer widely observed but it was revived, and somewhat re-purposed, by Constance Smith in the 1920s. The daughter of a High Church Anglican priest , she was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis in the USA who, following the death of her mother, campaigned to get a national day to commemorate and appreciate mothers and all that they do. She was successful, and in 1914 the second Sunday in May was declared to...

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