Sunday, March 18, 2007

Here we go a-mothering

The Americans usually get the credit for inventing Mother's Day. But long before Julia Ward Howe came up with the idea, the British celebrated Mothering Sunday, which today is more or less the British equivalent, but originally had an entirely different meaning (and is still celebrated as a church festival today).

I've often wondered why Hong Kong, despite being a former British colony, follows the American date instead of the British one (three weeks before Easter). Be that as it may, I'd like to wish my mother a Happy Mothering Sunday today.

1 comment:

fumier said...

I think it's because the Brits (a) treat these things a voluntary and (b) never bothered to commercialise it, whilst the Chinese turn everything into a duty and the Americans turn it into a business.