Ravenwood Hall educates us on the history of Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday
Interestingly the modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis (no family relation!) held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. When Anna’s mum passed away in 1908, she wanted to honour her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honour all mothers, because she believed that they were "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world’.
Because of Anna Jarvis efforts, US Congress made Mother's Day a public holiday which is held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honour mothers. Although she was successful in founding Mother's Day, she became resentful of how people made it into a profit making commercial opportunity with the selling of cards, sweets and flowers rather than appreciating and honouring their mothers through personal letters expressing their love and gratitude, instead of buying presents.
While the United States holiday was adopted by some other countries, existing celebrations, held on different dates, honouring motherhood have become described as "Mother's Day", such as Mothering Sunday here in the United Kingdom.
In the UK, Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Day. Once observed as a day on which people would visit their "mother" church, it has also become an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents.
We love Mothering Sunday at Ravenwood Hall. It’s a time when we see families get together and enjoy a special time of love, not just because the mums get out of doing the washing up! This year we have a family event in our Edwardian Pavilion specially designed to bring the whole family together, whatever the size, for a 3 course lunch with a children’s entertainer to keep the little ones amused. Arrival is from 12.00pm with lunch for everyone being served at 1pm. The price is £29.95 per person and Children under 10 £14.95. Alternatively, you can treat Mum to a delicious 3 course Lunch in our hotel restaurant at a time of your choice. Price is £35.00 per person which includes a gift for mum. Children under 10 £17.00.
To reserve a table please call us on 01359 270345. The menus are available to view on our website www.ravenwoodhall.co.uk.
The word Mother has some lovely quotes on the internet, this is one of our favourites “Mothers are like buttons, they hold everything together.”