Mother’s Day is Sunday 14 March. If you’re reading this outside the UK, don’t panic! For many countries, Mother’s Day is still the second Sunday in May. Here in Scotland, and throughout the UK, we celebrate Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, at variable times, depending on the dates of Lent.
During the Middle Ages, the custom developed that people who had moved away from home, came back to visit their ‘mother’ churches (and their mothers) on the 4th Sunday of the Christian festival of Lent. At that time, it was common for children as young as 10 years old to leave home to work, so this was an occasion for families to meet up again and attend a church service together. This became Mothering Sunday in Britain and as the dates of Lent vary each year, so does the date of Mothering Sunday, now commonly known in the UK as Mother’s Day.
Outside of the UK, many countries celebrate Mother’s day on the 2nd Sunday in May, which originated in the US, has no religious connotations, and was designated a national holiday in 1914.
Regardless of the date it is celebrated, Mother’s Day is an opportunity to express our love and gratitude for the mothers of our country, and our own mothers. And, of course, if you’re looking for a Mother's Day gift idea for 2021, what better gift than a bottle of our Nostalgin, on its own or as part of a special Mother's Day hamper! We ought to know. We’re mothers and we love gin!