Sunday, March 22, 2009

MOTHERING SUNDAY OR MOTHER'S DAY? - CRITTERS

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Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK although I have always known it as Mother's Day which I 've since discovered is another celebratory day, different day same idea US. I'm still weighed down and housebound with the horrible virus so an archive Mother and babies image blackbirds, from my very own garden and a little info on Mothering Sunday, which yes we do celebrate on the island too.


Mothering Sunday celebrated throughout Europe. A celebration of motherhood, and the equivalent of Mother's Day as celebrated in other countries mainly the USA where the name has actually been copyrighted.

Religious motherhood celebrations in Europe have been around in one form or another for many centuries going as far back as the Romans who worshipped mother goddess Cybele sometime during march. This Pagan festival was soon replaced by Christian Mothering Sunday as the Romans caught the Christianity bug, celebrations usually the fourth Sunday in lent known as Laetare Sunday too. Gathering at their Mother(main) Church on Sundays was often the only time whole families could actually get together. "Gone Mothering" or "Gone-a- Mothering" came into use and may account for the term Mothering Sunday becoming the adopted name for the day we now celebrate. In subsequent years the name became associated with a servants and day off when they commonally went to visit their mother's and the term Mothering Sunday became especially associated with the UK, but not to the exclusion of other countries. Rose Sunday, Ladies Day, Women's Day are also related names. Does your country have any of these?


More little cutsie critters can be found at Misty Dawn's den.


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48 comments:

Elaine Dale said...

We celebrate Mother's Day here in Canada as well, the North American version is observed on the second Sunday in May - May 10th this year. We also have Father's Day, which is celebrated the 3rd Sunday in June - June 21st this year. Sorry to hear you're still poorly. I can empatize, I've had one bug after another since Valentine's Day. Sick of being sick, damn it!! Hope you feel better real soon.

ramblingwoods.com said...

That is such a sweet photo and great information and I get to be comment number 2...smile..

marley said...

Perfect post for toady. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Nice photo of mama and her babies.

I didn't know the idea of Mother's Day goes so far back in history! I was under the impression it was some North American marketing scheme. ;-)

Hope you feel better very soon!

Mo said...

Lots of ads here at present suggesting to take mother for afternoon tea. Why pubs for fathers day and tea for mothers? Very sweet mother bird

Dusty Lens said...

Interesting the things we learn, Mother's Day here in the states is in Mid May.

Bruce said...

Cute little birdie with it's mother! Happy Mothering day:)

Kathy said...

Blessing for our mothers. Thank you for sharing mother and child.

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Happy mother's day! If you read my recent blog post, I would say that is not how my mom wants to celebrate. As usual, interesting and educational.

Norwood

April said...

A lovely post for Mothering Sunday. Darling image! Canada too celebrates Mother's Day, always in May, this year May 10th.

April said...

Meant to add:

GET WELL SOON!

kayleen said...

I'm with Your EG Tour Guide. I always thought it was a marketing scheme. Many years ago I did a stint as a telephone operator. Mother's Day was the busiest day of the year, even surpassing Christmas.

Lovely photo as always.

Kate said...

I wonder how florists fare on Mother's Day? The bird is beautifully detailed in the photo.

fishing guy said...

Babooshaka: Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly. Get well soon, interesting to hear about Mother's Day in the UK. Thanks for sharing the neat bird Mother.

Eki Akhwan said...

How could you get so close to them without their being afraid?

A wonderful and perfect photo for the "mothering" day? :)

hitch writer said...

Mothers Day, interesting !

however that picture is stunning... !! as most of yours are !!

lisasarsfield said...

How priveleged you are that she allowed you to take this special photo! I love pics of birds and bird nests!

lisasarsfield said...

How priveleged you are that she allowed you to take this special photo! I love pics of birds and bird nests!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Wow! what a great photo

Hilda said...

We've taken to celebrating Mother's Day the same day as in the US because we were also their colony for quite a few decades.

Perfect photo for today. And I hope you get well soon!

david mcmahon said...

Perfect shot on such a wonderful day. We celebrate Mother's Day here in Australia.

Marie Reed said...

This post almost gave me a heart attack.. My first thought was... (excuse the language) my ass is grass! I forgot Mother's Day! I'm safe for a little bit longer:) Happy Mothering Day!

Anonymous said...

So sweet!

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for your explanation of the difference between Mothering Day and Mother's Day! The Dutch celebrate their Mother's Day in May
on the second Sunday.
Have a great week.

Rhea said...

Love hearing about Mothering Day. And what a perfect picture to accompany it! Nice CC post!

Brian Miller said...

errr...photo is interesting...my kids have a great mother!

Müge said...

Very interesting post dear Babooshka. I didn’t know at all this “Mothering Day”. Here, in Turkey, we celebrate Mothers’ Day on the second Sunday of May. We also celebrate Women’s Day on March 8th.

Siea said...

It is not a festival we have. Very pretty birds.

Gordon said...

Mothers here in Australia have to wait a little longer for their special day; it is the second Sunday in May (May 10th this year).

George Townboy said...

Beautiful shot!

Hope you feel better soon.

Jacob said...

Appreciate very much the historical commments, Babooshka.

The photo is striking...a photo like that is so hard to get...we've had a couple of nests (sparrows, I think) in a thingy on our deck, but I have yet to get a decent photo of the young-un's much less Mama and young-uns!

Get well!

Kin said...

Magic moment for Mothering Sunday. Thanks for sharing.

Pietro said...

Lovely image of the birds.
Hope you feel well very soon.

Carolina said...

I love your posts. Very informative always.

My mother always says: Mother's Day is commercial nonsense. We don't do Mother's Day.
So every year, when we ignore Mother's Day, she's mad at us, because she expected us to visit her. I mean, how unfair is that?

Sue said...

My Mother would like this.

Babooshka said...

Mo - I'm with you why should it nor be he other way round.

Thank you all. I am feeling a little better.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i think we celebrated mothers day in may in nz - i dont know when it is in greece, even though i am a mother, and i should be pampered on that day!

Cath said...

Fabulous shots of those birds. Well taken. Great insight into the beginnings of Mothering Sunday too. I thought it got hijacked too by the churches in honour of the mother of Jesus but I might be wrong.

Hope you feel better soon.

Abe said...

Very nice photograph.

Misty Dawn said...

I love your photos and this one is no exception - this is truly fantastic!

Snapshutter said...

That's precious.

Lindab said...

That's one seriously maternal bird!

Hope you're on the mend.

Mojo said...

'Round here Mother's Day is still several weeks off. But what a cool shot! How'd you manage to get this close without stirring them up?

Kate Blackhurst said...

What a lovely mother bird. I am in NZ; my mother is in England - NZ has Mothers' Day in May (a la America). Mum always sends me an English calendar for Christmas - I think it's so I can remember to send a card or make a phone call on Mothering Sunday. Mums are sneaky like that.

Tarolino said...

Isn't this just the most wonderful photo. How apt for mother's day too. Great shot but however did you manage it?

Marc said...

Lovely illustration of Mother's Day. Great shot!

Joe Narvaez said...

Great dramatic shot here. Nice!

Manz said...

Great photo. Hope you're feeling better.

We "celebrate" Mother's Day in Australia. I think it's the first Sunday of May.

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