What is Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is a day which occurs once a year. It is a celebration to admire and appreciate the mother of the family; whether that be your maternal mother, yourself if you are a mother or mother-to-be, godmothers, grandmother’s and women that you have a maternal bond with. On this day we celebrate the influence that our mothers have in society. Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days across the world; in the UK it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of lent which falls in March, in the USA it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, and other countries celebrate on 8th March which is also International Women’s Day.

History of Mothers Day

Mothers Day Celebrations can be tracked all the way to Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome where they held festivals honouring Rhea and Cybele their goddesses of mothers.

Mothers Day in the United Kingdom used to be a celebration for the religious believers who during Lent would return to their ‘mother church’ for a special Lent celebration. The Mother Church simply refers to the main church in that area. Amongst countries Mothers Day is celebrated differently, lets delve into this deeper below.

History of Mother's Day in the UK

Mothers Day in the UK originally started as a day when servants would be allowed to return to their homes to spend time with their families and mothers. Prior to it being linked to specific families it had religious undertones and people would return to their home church to celebrate the Virgin Mary who is also widely known as Mother Mary.

Over the years, Mothers Day was celebrated less and less in the UK and it wasn’t until World War II when American and Canadian soldiers celebrated their Mothers whilst they were at war that the UK realised they too should celebrate Mothers Day. Since World War II Mothers Day has been celebrated across the UK as a day that exclusively honours your mother.

History of Mother's Day in the USA

In the 19th Century Ann Jarvis created a Club referred to as a ‘Mothers Day Work Club’. Jarvis created the Mothers Day Club to teach women how to properly care for their children. The club became so popular that many more were opened and in 1868, during the Civil War Ann and her Mothers Day Club united with soldiers on what is known as ‘Mothers Friendship Day’ to promote appeasement.

Julia Ward Howe a suffragette also helped in the creation of Mothers Day. Howe wrote a proclamation regarding Mothers Day which called on all Mothers to unite and promote peace. The proclamation was well received and Julia Howe then campaign that every year on the 2nd June Mothers Peace Day would be celebrated.

Whilst all these events played their part in the development of Mothers Day the day wasn’t celebrated as a way to honour mothers and their sacrifices until Ann Jarvis’ passing in 1905 when her daughter decided to celebrate that day every year as a way to honour Jarvis and all she accomplished in order to give her children a better life. This act of honouring prompted others to also honour their own mothers every year.

The first year that Mothers Day received a more global recognition was when department store owner John Wanamaker financial backed a Church service in Philadelphia to honour Mother Day. This was the first time people outside of Jarvis’ immediate circle celebrated the holiday and prompted Jarvis’ daughter to campaign for the day to be celebrated worldwide.

Within four years word about Mothers Day spread across America and soon after President Wilson officially sighed a paper which established the second Sunday in May to be regarded as Mothers Day. An official day dedicated to celebrating your mothers, many used this day to send mothers day cards or just mothers day gifts and mothers day flowers.

Mothers Day Traditions Around the World

In most UK and USA household, you will find that Mother’s Day starts with treating your mother to a home-made breakfast in bed, followed by giving a variety of mothers day gifts such as a mothers day card and maybe even a mothers day present and flowers for mothers day are also popular. However, across the world Mother’s Day is celebrated in lots of different ways.

India Mothers Day Traditions


In India Mothers Day is a 10-day festival called Durga Puja. Durga Puja has been celebrated across India since the 16th century as a way to honour their Goddess of Mothers Durga, in more modern times the Mothers Day Festival has been used as a way to both celebrate Durga but also your own mother. Not only is Mothers Day celebrated across the 10 day festival but also in the build up to Durga Puja families come together and spend weeks preparing Mothers Celebration gifts, decorating their homes and preparing feasts.

Japan Mothers Day Traditions


The Japanese celebrate Mothers Day in March, however rather than celebrating mothers the day is more for Mothers to celebrate children they’ve lost. The tradition began after World War II when Mothers who had lost their songs at war wanted to mark their loss and remember who they were. The Carnation is presented to mourning mothers because in Japanese culture the carnation represents the endurance of Motherhood and the sweetness a childs love brings. In Japanese culture it is important to represent Mothers with Flowers and colours so those that want to honour their Mothers will present them with red carnations and those who’s mothers have passed and want to remember all their mothers have done for them will display white carnations.

Ethiopia Mothers Day Traditions


Mothers Day in Ethiopia is referred to as Antrosht. The Antrosht Festival is held in May and is a time that makes the end of the rainy season and families get together to celebrate whilst eating traditional food. Daughters traditionally will present their Mothers with cheese and vegetables whilst the Sons will gift their Mothers meat. Throughout the day families will eat, sing and dance whilst sharing family stories.

France Mothers Day Traditions


In the 1920s the French decided to honour Mothers of large families with medals as a sign of gratitude for their help in rebuilding the population after so many French lives were lost during the war. Now instead of medals it is tradition that Mothers are gifted with flowers and flower shaped cakes on the last Sunday in May.

Facts about Mother’s Day

  • On Mothers Day more calls are made than any other day of the year.
  • Mothers Day gifts are very popular and this is shown by the fact that Mothers Day is the third biggest day for selling flowers.
  • The earliest celebration of Mothers Day was held by the Ancient Greeks who celebrated their goddess of fertility and motherhood Rhea.
  • For restaurants Mothers Day is the busiest day of the year with many choosing Mothers Day meals as a way to spend quality time with their families.
  • Whilst Jarvis’ daughter was a pioneer in creating Mothers Day as a holiday, once she saw how commercialized the day became, she decided to use all her money to stop it. Anna Jarvis started anti mother’s day boycotts and publicly condemned Eleanor Roosevelt for utilising Mothers Day for fundraising.
  • The most popular mother day gift is Mothers day flowers and also to send a special mothers day card.
  • There are a total of 46 countries which celebrate Mothers Day.
  • Amongst many different countries and across their different languages mothers day tends to still start with a M.
  • One of the most obscure traditions was in former Yugoslavia, children would tie their mothers up and only release them if they provided treats.
  • In Sweden the Red Cross sells small flowers to gift to your Mothers and the proceeds are then donated to needy Mothers and their children.

Radley Mothers Day Bags We Love

Crofters Way- Large Zip Around Holdall


This large zip-top holdall bag from our Crofters Way collection will make a stylish addition to your Radley collection. It’s perfect for either work or casual occasions, making it completely versatile. Beautifully crafted from smooth nylon fabric with a leather grab handle and light pink zip trims, this roomy silhouette is complete with plenty of space to store essentials.

Arlington Court- Medium Zip-Top Multiway Bag


Meet the must-have handbag of the season. Take our Arlington Court multiway from work to the weekend with ease, featuring multi-compartments and a soft leather finish this design will keep you organised without compromising on style. Wear across your body or use the grab handles and be on your way!Every exceptional woman needs a handbag they can rely on – whether you’re headed to a meeting or a casual dinner date, these silhouettes are the perfect fit.- Crafted from soft leather- Back slip pocket- Detachable cross body strap- Grab handles- Radley London foil branding- Leather feet on the base- Two internal slip pockets- One internal slip pocket- Comes with a Radley dust bag.

Alba Place Mini- Small Zip-Top Multiway Bag


Brighten every day with our new Alba Place mini handbag. Timeless and so easy to style, it’s the ultimate any-time, any-place option. The secret slip pockets are perfect for storing small essentials too; whether its travel cards for days exploring or a little makeup for nights out with friends. Carried by the top handles or worn with the long leather strap, its sleek silhouette will sit seamlessly against your body.

I Love You- Mini Flapover Cross Body Bag


Show them some love with this small flapover crossbody bag from our I Love You collection. We love the padded red heart with Radley foil lettering at the front flap that opens up to reveal multiple compartments to store notes and cards. It comes completed with a zip back coin compartment and Radley London branding.

Arlington Court- Medium Zip-Top Multiway Bag


A Radley classic silhouette reimagined in a colour block design, the Arlington Court bag is a must-have for the new season. Crafted from leather it features multiple compartments for all your essentials and will keep you organised without compromising on style. Grab the handles and be on your way!

Radley Mothers Day Purses We Love

I Love You- Small Zip-Top Coin Purse


Mini in size, big in style this small purse has enough space for your loose coins and your cards. Crafted from leather, it has individual compartments for your cards and is finished off with Radley signature branding.

West View- Medium Bifold Purse


The little luxury you’ll take with you everywhere: our new West View bifold purse with gold Radley charm and exclusive floral print interior. Crafted from the softest grainy leather, it’s thoughtfully designed with zip and slip pockets to help keep you organised on the go. Keep your notes in the back pocket and store your cards either side – the zip pouch is perfect for coins.

Wilton Way- Medium Phone Cross Body Bag


Sleek and stylish, our new Wilton Way phone cross body bag is thoughtfully designed for women on the go. It’s beautifully crafted with a multi-compartment silhouette, ideal for when you need to carry just the essentials. Store your iPhone in one of the three external slip pockets and secure your power bank in the side zip pocket – there’s ample space. The front pouch is perfectly placed for keys and travel card; keep them here and they’ll be safe yet close to hand. There’s a secret foil message in there too – open for a happy reminder.

Radley Mothers Day Accessories We Love

Cut Out Radley- Umbrella


Stay dry from sudden showers with this stylish, vibrant umbrella. Designed to embrace all types of weather, this Radley umbrella will face the strongest of winds. The handy size will easily slip into your bag without weighing it down and keep you sheltered wherever your day takes you. It comes with a handy wristlet strap and matching slipcover for convenience.

I Love You- Medium Tote Bag


Wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day with this I Love You medium tote bag. Perfect for taking to and from work, its spacious interior will let you store your essentials away with ease while the shoulder straps allow you to go hands free when commuting.

Face to Face- Passport Cover


Travel in style with this passport cover from our Face to Face collection. Perfect for taking with you on trips abroad, this sleek accessory will become your new favourite. This design is complete with internal slip pockets to hold the essentials you can’t go on holiday without!

Selby Street- Medium Cosmetic Pouch


Keep your makeup collection organised with our medium cosmetics pouch from our Selby Street collection. Designed with beautiful ribbed lining, this zip-top design opens up to spacious interior that will let you keep your essentials in check. A sleek, stylish and practical option to slip into your handbag.