The middle of Lent and we have reached Mothering Sunday, also known as Refreshment Sunday.
It is also colloquially and incorrectly called Mother’s Day. That particular celebration is a North American in origin and is the second sunday in May.
So the origin of Mothering Sunday dates back to the sixteenth century when everyone went to their Mother Church (Cathedral) on the middle (fourth) Sunday in Lent. At that time is was known as Laetare Sunday, which translates from the Latin laetare (singular imperative of laetari) to rejoice.
In the 18th and 19th centuries it was traditional for those in service to be given the day off and return to their mothers, taking Simnel Cake with them. By the 1920s the traditional faded in most areas, although lingered in the United Kingdom. In recent times posies of flowers are distributed to children for giving to their mothers.
Other names that the Sunday has been called have been Pudding Pie Sunday (in Surrey, England), Mid-Lent Sunday, Simnel Sunday and Rose Sunday.