Why does the Mother’s Day date change every year?

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Why does the Mother's Day date change every year?



(Picture: Getty)Got your presents and cards at the ready for Mother’s Day?
The big day is tomorrow, and people all over the UK will be bringing breakfast in bed to (and doing the washing up for) their mums.
It’s a good time to think of all the mother figures in our lives do for us, but you may have noticed it doesn’t actually fall at the same time each year.
That’s because it has too be celebrated on a specific Sunday in relation to Easter and Lent.
Why does Mother’s Day change each year?
In this country Mother’s Day always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, the 40-day period of Christian fasting that leads up to Easter.
The event always falls on a Sunday because it’s technically known as ‘Mothering Sunday’ in the United Kingdom.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, the day after Pancake Day, which is also a different date each year.
Mothering Sunday is very much a religious festival in the UK, and began as a tradition of Catholics and Protestants visiting their ‘mother’ church (the one they went to as a child).
Despite this, however, plenty of people celebrate Mother’s Day without any religious association, and simply use it as a day to spoil their mum rotten.
When is Mother’s Day 2019?
Mother’s Day this year falls on Sunday, 31 March.
There isn’t much time to get your mum a present, but we’re sure she’ll be happy with some petrol station flowers and a home made card. It’s the thought that counts after all.
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