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Mothering Sunday Messages

To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, Kennet Radio, together with the Newbury Weekly News, invites our young listeners (with dad’s help) to send in selfies, drawings, or paintings of your mum or a Mother’s Day message. 

Your pictures and messages will be published in the Newbury Weekly News on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

And your messages will be read out live on Kennet Radio by Kennet Radio’s Jason Palmer on the Curtain Up show, between 3 and 5 PM on Mothering Sunday itself, Sunday 31st March.

To send your messages in, go to the Newbury Today website or see this week’s Newbury Weekly News.

Why do we celebrate Mothering Sunday?

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

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.

Thanks to the BBC website for this information.