With Mothers’ Day fast approaching on 31st March, we’ve been finding out about how people celebrate their Mums around the world.
The beginning of a tradition
The tradition itself began in the 16th century when children were given the day off to go to their “Mother Church” and honour the Virgin Mary.
In modern day Britain, we celebrate mothers and the sacrifices they make for their children with gifts such as flowers, cards and chocolates. Some opt to spend the day with Mum on outings like cupcake decorating, flower arranging or an Eastwood Park staple – afternoon tea!
In Australia they celebrate the day by buying Chrysanthemums, playing on a word we all use - Mum.
All tied up
Meanwhile in Serbia they take a rather different approach to Mother’s Day celebrations, tying up their Mum with ribbons until she gives the children treats and small gifts!
Bonne fête des mères
In France, the tradition of Fete de Meres was declared by Napoleon, who wanted to reward mothers of large families. Today, children will still help out with chores for their Mum, bring gifts and end the relaxing day with a big celebratory meal.
No matter where (or when!) in the world Mother’s Day is taking place, Mums do so much for us and we think that they really do deserve to be celebrated. To all the Mums out there: Thank you - and Happy Mother’s Day!
Spoil Mum with a tasty carvery or afternoon tea at Eastwood Park and go for a walk around the grounds in the Spring sunshine! Find out more here