The name of the holiday, Easter, is founded from the name for a Saxon goddess who was known by the names of Oestre or Eastre.She is a goddess of the dawn and the spring, and her name derives from words for dawn, the shining light arising from the east and therefore finds significance in the rising of Jesus Christ.
It’s a day when sons and daughters visit and give tokens of appreciation or, for those who have lost their mums, it is a time to share memories. Mother’s Day is always three weeks before Easter Sunday, or the fourth Sunday of Lent or Laetare Sunday (Middle of lent).
Around the world – in the US and Europe – the date is always the second Sunday in May. Because the date is a Christian celebration, it is linked in with Easter Sunday.
At its most basic, Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day is an Americanisation) is a day to give thanks to your mother.
While many might think the day was invented by commercial entities, it is actually a Christian celebration dating back to the 16th century.
Easter joins two important events with the first being deeply sad and dramatic while the other is just the opposite.