Mothering Sunday in Wales

Published: Thursday 12th Mar 2015

Written by: Ginnie James

I am quite looking forward to Mother’s Day this year. My little one is already taking about the presents and cards she has made me in school, although the suggestion that I spend all day relaxing with her and daddy waiting on me and doing all the cooking didn’t go down very well!

At least Wales are playing on Saturday though so I don’t have too much competition from the rugby on Sunday and all I will have to do is try not to cry when presented with a posy in Church! A day for celebrating our mother’s occurs at various times of the year in countries all over the world. In Britain, the date of our mother’s day is always the fourth Sunday in Lent and this dates back to a tradition in the C16th where families got together to return to their mother church, the main church or cathedral in the area.

In the first decades of the C20th, when the idea of Mother’s Day came over from America, the two ideas were merged. By many accounts it seems the old tradition of Mothering Sunday was one of the few days of the year that a working family would reunite with all their members with those in service being allowed the day off. Now I don’t live close to my Mum & Dad (and we have lots of family birthdays around Easter) it isn’t often that I get to spend Mother’s Day with my Mum but if you do happen to be in Wales this weekend and are lucky enough to be with your Mum there are plenty of ways to treat her and show how much you appreciate everything that she does.

It is always lovely to welcome Spring, breathe in the fresh air and see the land becoming green again. The weather however is not always kind but at the Greenwood Forest Park near Caernarfon the children can expend their energy in the indoor play area while you relax in the comfy café with a woodburner and savour the free tea or coffee that all mums and grandmothers will receive on Mother’s Day!

Another great way to show your Mum some love is head on to the National Botanic Gardens. Not only do all Mums get free entry but the gardens have put on a pamper show where well-being practitioners and beauty therapists are lining up with free tasters of their products including facials and manicures along with offering advice on skin care and allergy testing to keep you looking and feeling your best.

Music from the Tenovous Choir, Swansea Concert Band and harpist Shelley Fairplay will accompany the event. If you don’t have a whole day, The Draig Café in Llanbrynmair is offering a fantastic menu for their Mother’s Day Celebration Meal. Book in on Saturday evening or for Sunday lunch to enjoy a choice of starters, mains including of course roast lamb, and mouth- watering desserts.

Each Mum also gets a mother’s day cupcake to enjoy later when being spoiled by her family! Sul y Mamau Hapus to all the mothers and grandmothers and any women who live for their little ones and deserve a day just for themselves!

Ginnie James
Ginnie James



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