We all love treating our mums, but Mothering Sunday is a great excuse to make a real fuss and go all-out. Every year, the occasion falls on a different date, which can lead to some confusion about when Mother’s Day actually is. In the UK, Mother’s Day usually falls on a Sunday in March, however, across the pond Americans usually celebrate in May.
Here’s all you need to know about Mother’s Day 2021:
When is Mother’s Day 2021 in Britain?
In the UK, Mother’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, March 14, 2021.
The name is derived from the Christian observation of Mothering Sunday, however, it has been commercialised over the years, much like many Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter.
Unfortunately, Britain will still be in lockdown for this year’s occasion, but it’ll still be possible to celebrate, even if it’s virtually.
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Since the early 1900s, the day has lost the majority of its link to religion and is more of a commercialised family day.
Why does the date change each year?
As Mother’s Day comes from Mothering Sunday, the celebration falls on a Sunday every year, much like Easter.
In Britain, we celebrate the occasion based on the patterns set by Easter and Lent, which is determined by the lunar calendar.
The day always falls on the fourth Sunday during the period of Lent, which is when people tend to give up or sacrifice something in the run-up to Easter.
This means in 2021, Easter falls on March 14 here in the UK.
In the US, they don’t have religious links to the occasion meaning that theirs isn’t determined by Easter.
In America, Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday in May, so it also varies by date.