Mother's Day in the UK

Mother's Day in the UK (Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday) similar to the March 8th in Russia. Its roots go back to Victorian times when children are in a very early age to work away from home, and the money earned by them, then sent to the family budget. Then one day a year, children were allowed to spend at home with their parents. Usually they bring mothers and grandmothers small gifts — bouquets of flowers or fresh eggs. Today British children in this day give mothers flowers and carry them for homework.

The earliest honoring mothers date back to the ancient Greek spring festival in honor of the goddess Rei, the wife of the god Cronus and mother of many gods and goddesses. And about 250 BC, Rome began to be held the ceremony, praising the other mother-goddess named Cybele (Cybele). These religious Roman celebration lasted three days — from 15 to 18 March.

In the early 17th century in England on the fourth Sunday of Lent people began to celebrate Sunday of mother (Mothering Sunday). It was a celebration of all mothers of England. With the spread of Christianity in Europe, this Sunday was the feast of the Mother of the Church — the spiritual power that gives life and protect them from evil.

Over time the church festival blended together with a secular holiday. Since it was a time of rich aristocrats and the huge mansions, most of the workers worked and lived in the homes of their owners. On Sunday all the servants of the mother received a day off, they returned to their families to spend the day with their mothers. The festive atmosphere that day gave a special cake, called the "mother cake". This day was supposed to visit the mothers and bring them a cake as a gift in exchange for the mother's blessing.

Today, Mother's Day passes pretty quietly. Woman relaxing while their men do the housework and cook dinner. Traditionally on this day, decided to file the same Simnel cake (simnel cake), decorated with 12 marzipan balls. The tradition began in 12 balls still pre-Christian times, they symbolize the 12 signs of the zodiac. The name of this cake is associated with the Latin name of fine flour (simila).

These cakes were baked and sold in England and France on Sundays during Lent. In France, for this recipe often baked cakes, decorated with a cross of icing sugar.

Sometimes husbands are output to this day their wives to restaurants to mark the occasion. Children give flowers, cards and other gifts to mothers. Congratulate your mom it is necessary, and in whatever part of the world happen to be in this day sons and daughters, they'll call his one and family by sending them a card, letter or e-mail message on Mother's Day.

Even if you do not live in England, write or call the parents!