Mothering Sunday (22 March 2020)

Mother’s day is on the fourth Sunday of Lent (in the UK).  It is usually 3 weeks before Easter Sunday (which is late this year).

So why do we give flowers on Mothering Sunday?

The tradition comes from a time when young children (who were ‘in service’ to other households) returned home on the 4th Sunday of Lent to attend church with their families.  They would gather wild flowers as they walked, to take to the church or give to their mothers (and daffodils were the flower in natural abundance at that time of year).

This tradition has changed over the years, but the giving of the humble daffodil is still my favourite!  After all….who wouldn’t love a golden bunch of daffodils on Mother’s Day!

This year was a little bit different, due to the world-wide outbreak of the Coronavirus, where many ‘mothers’ were alone (self-isolating), and family left flowers on the doorstep with a virtual hug (for their protection).  Quite a sad and emotional day really, for everyone.

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