Mother's Day across the world



Taking place on the fourth day of Lent every year, dating as far back to the 17th century, the UK has celebrated 'Mothering Sunday'. 

Before pampering our mums with gifts, nightwear, chocolate and flowers, the Sunday was typically seen as a day for Christians to travel to their 'mother' church for worship. However, Mother's Day around the world doesn't always follow the same traditions as our own. 

When speaking to our team in India, Mother's Day is celebrated later in the year on the second Sunday of May. More importantly however, Hindus most look forward to a ten-day celebration in October called 'Durga Puja'. The celebration is in honour of the warrior goddess Durga, also known as the 'Divine Mother', filled with parties, fasting, feasts, prayer and performances. 

In Europe, depending on the fall of Pentecost, Mother's Day in France is celebrated in late May or early June. Since becoming a national holiday declared by Napoleon dubbed 'Fete des Meres', mothers are expected to relax and enjoy a large meal cooked by their family at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, dating back to 1923, on 26th May Polish families annually celebrate 'Dzien Matki'. Every year schools host a special event where children will present their mums or grandmothers with love messages known as 'laurki'. As it's an official holiday, all restaurants and shops are closed on the day, so families will often get together and enjoy festivities at home. 

Travelling to the other side of the world, it's autumn in Australia and the country is filled with chrysanthemums, a traditional flower to give to matriarchs nicknamed "mums" for obvious reasons. Houses are filled with flowers including carnations, which were once traditionally worn around the neck on the day - coloured to honour their mothers if living or white in memory of. 

To celebrate Mother's Day this year, we're running a giveaway to win the gift of relaxation for your mum this March. We have THREE cotton-satin sets up for grabs including gift-wrap as an additional treat. 

Share this link with your friends or family to double your chances if you can't quite decide what to get your mum this year:

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The competition will run until midnight GMT on 7th March 2018 and three lucky winners will be chosen at random.

The winner will be contacted within 24 hours of the competition closing – good luck.


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  • The prizes include one Curl Up Pyjama Gift Set 'Storm Clouds', one Sleep Tight Nightshirt Gift Set 'House Of Cards' or one Sleep Tight Nightshirt Gift Set 'Float Away'. 
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