Mother’s Day is a time for family, love and reflection – even during lockdown. Mother’s Day is a day to honor mothers, but also grandmothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law and any other mother figures.

When will Mother’s Day be in 2021?

Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday 14 March in 2021.

Mother’s Day is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent – that is, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. It usually falls in the second half of March or early April.

Why is Mother’s Day on a different date in every country?

The date varies in other parts of the world.

Many countries follow America and celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, whilst other countries enjoy the day on March 8th which is International Women’s Day.

Some countries gave it a religious meaning – which, however, has been gradually lost over the years.

In other countries, the date is based on seasons or times of the year, rather than religious festivities.

  • In the Middle East, the celebration first started in Egypt in 1956. It is now celebrated on March 21, the first day of spring.
  • In the United States and several other countries, Mother’s Day is on the second Sunday in May.
  • In China, Mother’s Day used to be a day to help poor mothers and to remind people of mothers in rural areas. It falls on the fourth month of the lunar calendar, but is often celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
  • In France the festivity is celebrated on the last Sunday of May.

However, if it coincides with Pentecost day, it is moved to the first Sunday of June.

When is Mother’s Day UK in 2021? What will the lockdown rules be?

In the UK, Mother’s Day always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This year that is Sunday, March 14

According to Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown plan – which he announced last Monday – all schools will return on March 8 and recreation in outdoor public spaces will be allowed between two people.

But that is the only change between the rules now and then – so in theory you could have a coffee, drink or picnic on your own with just your mum in an outdoor public space.

From March 29, outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed – but that obviously comes too late for Mother’s Day this year.

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