Mother's Day, wherever

Allen W Thrasher athr at LOC.GOV
Mon May 9 17:55:31 UTC 2005

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Is this because of something in the readings of the day in the Christian churches, or just to avoid the day coinciding with Easter or one of the other religious feasts on various Sundays after Easter (Pentecost, Trinity, and in the Catholic Church, Corpus Christi)?

Allen Thrasher


Give it up, gang.  Mother's Day is observed almost everywhere on the Second Sunday of May, just like in America.  As far as i know, the only place in the civilized world where any other date is used is in some places in Europe where the Fourth Sunday in Lent is still observed as `Mothering Sunday'.


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