Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Although it’s often called Mothers’ Day, it has no connection with the American festival of that name.
Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.
History of Mothering Sunday
Most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or ‘daughter church’.
Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area.
Inevitably the return to the ‘mother’ church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.)
And most historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother’ church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.
As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.
- An Indian woman, Daljinder Kaur, thought to be the world’s oldest mother gave birth at the age of 72.
- Nadya Suleman- California, USA, claimed headlines across the world on 26 January 2009 when she gave birth to six boys and two girls.
- The greatest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the wife of Feodor Vassilyev, a peasant from Shuya, Russia. In 27 confinements she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our brilliant mums in Central Liverpool Credit Union.
Though we don’t record how many of our members are mothers we can tell you that 75.1% of our active adult members are female and 96.4% of our members who have child benefit paid into the credit union are female.