Mother's Day is one of the most celebrated holidays around the world. It is that one day in the year when mothers are celebrated and pampered, receive gifts, and make moms feel special, loved, and appreciated.
In Ireland, Mother's Day originated from medieval times where children from poor families were sent to wealthy families to work as servants and apprentices. Each year, in the middle of Lent, these children were given a day off to visit their "Mother Church," to worship Mary, Mother of Christ in special masses. After the mass, children would then visit their mothers and gave them flowers they would pick up along the way.
The earliest commercial celebration of Mother's Day is said to come from the United Kingdom in a yearly gathering called "Mothering Sunday." It was celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, where followers of the Christian faith would return to their "mother church," which was the main church in their vicinity, to join a special service.
Today, it has become one of the biggest holidays in the world, where it is celebrated on different dates in different countries. Mother's Day celebrations are marked with families gathering and take time to make their Mothers feel loved and appreciated.
There are some unique Mothers’ day traditions and different dates around the world for celebrating Mother’s Day. Here in Ireland, Mother's Day is celebrated in March, where children present their mothers with flowers, cards, and gifts. In Peru Mother's Day is celebrated in the graveyard with drinks and food, where families visit and clean the graves of female relatives. In contrast France, Mother's Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of May, where moms are presented with small gifts and the family feast on a large meal.
In the UK and many parts of Europe, Mother's Day falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent, which is more regarded as a religious holiday. In Mexico, Mother's Day is celebrated on May 10th and mothers are woken up by their children performing music. In the US, presenting moms with gifts on the second Sunday of May has become a tradition, where flowers and chocolates have become the norm.
This coming Mother's Day, as the world is still dealing with the pandemic, not all families have the luxury of spending time together. When you cannot be physically present to celebrate this holiday, sending your mom a beautiful Mother's Day gift can be the next best thing.
Give the gift of luxury with quality Irish gifts this Mother's Day, why not shop local and gift your Mum a gift that is eco-friendly and sustainable.
Wishing you a happy and safe Mother’s Day from all at Foxy and Green.