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Mother's Day

01 March 2011
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The modern Mother's Day is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in May, March, or April as a day to honor mothers and motherhood. In the UK and Ireland, it follows the old traditions of Mothering Sunday, celebrated in March/April and for 2011 falls on Sunday 3rd April.

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, there was a celebration called Mothering Sunday, which fell on the fourth Sunday of Lent (3 April in 2011), exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. It is believed to have originated from the 16th century Christian practice of visiting one's mother church annually, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day. Most historians believe that young apprentices and young women in servitude were released by their masters that weekend in order to visit their families.As a result of secularization, it was then principally used to show appreciation to one's mother, although it is still recognized in the historical sense by some churches, with attention paid to Mary the mother of Jesus Christ as well as the traditional concept 'Mother Church'.

By 1935 Mothering Sunday was less celebrated in Europe.The idea was revived by the American soldiers who came to fight in World War II, who celebrated Anna Jarvis' Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May. People from Ireland and UK started celebrating Mother's Day on the fourth Sunday of Lent, the same day on which Mothering Sunday had been celebrated before it disappeared. Some traditions were revived, such as the tradition of eating cake on that day, although they now eat simnel cake instead of the cakes that were traditionally prepared at that time.

Mothering Sunday can fall at the earliest on 1 March (in years when Easter Day falls on 22 March) and at the latest on 4 April (when Easter Day falls on 25 April). Although it is known as "Mother's Day" it is also commonly used to celebrate your love for your Mother In Law, Grand Mother or even your God Mother.

So, what is the perfect present to buy for Mother's Day? Well, traditional types of gifts range from greeting cards and flowers, to chocolates and balloons. But why not treat her to something a little more unusual such as one of our exciting experience days. With experiences ranging from luxurious pamper days, to scary bungee jumps and from fascinating animal experiences to exhilarating zorbing experiences there really is something here to suit every one, and every budget.

Our most popular gift experiences for previous Mothers Day have been our pamper days and animal experiences. We have options for you to take these experiences with your Mum and even offer discount on many of our animal experiences for the 2nd person with as much as 50% off! Don't forget Well Wicked offer 2 brand new exclusive animal experience days which are held at Colchester Zoo which are unavailable through anyone other than us!

Check out our fantastic gift experience days and show your Mum just how special she is to you!!

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