How a peace activist was linked to Mother’s Day

When Mother’s Day comes around it really starts to feel like spring is here. The days are longer and our gardens are beginning to fill with lovely spring flowers. I was interested to find out that in the US Mother’s Day is celebrated in May and came about because of a peace activist called Anna Jarvis who cared for American Soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. When she died, her daughter wanted to honour her memory by continuing the work she’d started and to set aside a special day to honour all mothers around the world. In the US the carnation is the flower mostly linked to this day, as women wore a white carnation to honour a mother who had passed away and a pink carnation to honour a mother still living.

Here in the UK our day, which is sometimes stilled called ‘Mothering Sunday’ is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent. It was originally a church service to celebrate motherhood, spring and rebirth and traditionally a day off for servants, who could use it to return home and visit their mothers, since they wouldn’t get to see them during the rest of the year.

Here at the store we’ll be celebrating Mothers everywhere. You could treat Mum to a lovely cream tea with our home made scones with local strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream (we have a gluten free option too) or you could even cock the trend and go savoury! We also have a selection of locally sourced spring flowers and artisan chocolates. As ever there will be some truly beautiful gifts in store to help you show your Mum how much you care, though really, we should be doing this all year round!