by Edward Hodges Baily
Victoria and Albert Museum
In the UK, it's Mothering Sunday today, which is always observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The early origin of the day is not clear, but it is thought that hundreds of years ago, Christians would return to their "mother" church, the nearest cathedral, once a year. They were often said to have gone "a mothering." It seems that this is the day when children who had been sent off to work as servants were allowed one day off a year to go and visit their mothers, having a bit of a family reunion as they all returned to their mother church. Since that time it has been a celebration of motherhood.
Bouquets to all the mothers in England or wherever you find yourself today, because you are to be highly honored.