Monday, March 3, 2008

Happy Mother's Day (yesterday in the UK)

I learned something new yesterday from my son who recently moved to Scotland. He called me to say Happy Mother's Day. I was confused but very glad to hear from him. Here is what I looked up about it:
Mother's Day was once known as Lady Day and many of its customs date from the 17th century. Long ago children lived and worked away from home. These children were given a day off to go and visit their mothers. They often brought flowers as a present and sometimes a 'simnel 'cake, a very rich fruit cake. In northern England and in Scotland, the preferred refreshments were carlings - pancakes made of steeped pease fried in butter, with pepper and salt. In fact, in some locations this day was called Carling Sunday. People celebrated the fact of being together after such a long time. Even today many families follow this same tradition and either have a special meal together at home or go out to eat. In Scotland Mother's day is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent. It is made to coincide with the religious feast of Mothering Sunday and is dedicated as a day of peace and happiness towards all mums.

So how about that? :)

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