Mother’s Day – Did You Know?
In 250 B.C. ancient Romans celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria. This was dedicated to a mother goddess named Cybele, on the ides of March. Her followers would make offerings at the temple, hold parades, play games and also have masquerades. It lasted three days.
In the 1600’s England, Mothering Sunday took place on the 4th Sunday of Lent. It began with a prayer service in honor of the Vergin Mary. Afterwards, children would present their mums with flowers.
Mothering Sunday was a time put aside for relaxation and enjoyment during the long Lenten fast. Historically, Mother’s Day was an opportunity for young servant girls, who worked away from home, to visit their mother’s and they would bake a simnel cake to present as a gift
During the time when children as young as ten left home to take up work or apprenticeships elsewhere, this was often the only day in the whole year when families would be reunited. Mother’s Day became a public holiday in the 17th century.
In northern England and in Scotland, the preferred refreshments for Mothers day were carlings – pancakes made of steeped peas fried in butter, with pepper and salt. In fact, in some locations, this day was called Carling Sunday.
Apparently, Mother’s Day is the biggest event in the UK’s cut flower industry. During this period the UK’s sales of flowers increase by an average of 40% making it a very busy period for florists.
It is also a very busy period for the telephone networks as Mother’s Day is the one day in the year when most telephone calls are made. More calls are made than on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days of the year for eating out, so if you’re looking for a special restaurant to celebrate Mother’s Day, you had better book your table early!
The Crocky Trail is dedicated to being one of best days out in Cheshire, an outdoor adventure where mum’s, dad’s and everyone else in the family including the dog can have a fantastically good day out. If you’re looking to take away the strain then the Crocky Trail is definitely one of the best days out in Chester.