26th March 2017
Mother’s Day is a time to show our respect and gratitude to our mothers. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. Those of you studying English at Celtic English Academy may not know that today, 25th of March is Mother’s Day.
In Britain, Mother’s Day, also known as Mothering Sunday is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Like a lot of other counties, people in Britain celebrate this day by giving gifts such as cards, chocolate and flowers to their mothers. Some people do not give a physical gift but choose to treat their mother or grandmother to a special meal, beauty treatment or a trip.
Mother’s Day is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. Public transport services run to their usual Sunday timetables. Cafés, restaurants and hotels may be fully booked a long time in advance, as many people treat their mother to a special meal.
Mother’s Day traditions
The food specially associated with Mothering Sunday is the Simnel cake. During Lent, people did not eat sweet foods, rich foods or meat. However, the fast was lifted slightly on Mothering Sunday and many people prepared a Simnel cake to eat with their family on this day.
A Simnel cake is a light fruit cake with two layers of almond paste, one on top and one in the middle. The cake is made with 11 balls of marzipan icing on top representing the 11 disciples.
When do you celebrate Mother’s Day in your country?
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