Mother's Day: Google Doodle celebrates Mothering Sunday with image of cycling family
Google has celebrated Mother’s Day with a Doodle that depicts a mum cycling with her young son and daughter.
While Mother’s Day has set dates in other countries, in the UK Mothering Sunday is marked on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
The day's origins lie in domestic servants and apprentices being given the day off by their employers to visit their mother and the rest of their family.
The occasion is also linked to customs dating back to the 16th century, when it is believed that people would visit the ‘mother church’ – the main church or cathedral in their area - in the build up to Easter.
Giving a bouquet of flowers on Mothering Sunday is said to come from children picking newly-blossomed wild flowers and violets on their way to church.
Mothering Sunday was also known as Refreshment Sunday, as the strict Lent rules in some denominations were relaxed. Both Old and New Testament lessons on mid-lent Sunday address the topic of food, including the well-known Gospel telling of how Jesus fed five thousand people with only five small barley loaves and two small fish.
Families were therefore allowed to indulge briefly on Mother's Day, and would eat Simnel which was customarily topped with moreish sugar violets.
Life & Style blogs
The Evil Within preview: a survival horror fan’s best worst nightmare
Porn film production likely to stop in Los Angeles after performer tests positive for HIV
Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS Association doesn't yet know what to do with all of the money raised
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
iPhone 6 'release date' firmed up in leaked photos of Apple smartphone
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
- 1 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 4 George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
- 5 Medina: Saudis take a bulldozer to Islam's history
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£45000 - £69999 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Algo-Develo...
£60000 - £70000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Senior Data Sc...
£350 - £400 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Cent...
£17000 - £20000 Per Annum Bonus, Life Insurance + Other Benefits: Clearwater P...