Sunday, March 10, 2013

Mothering Sunday

 I'm marking each holiday on their March calendar with a post~~
a sort of countdown to Easter.

Town clock in Venice, FL

Daylight Saving Time begins today.
It's also Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Lent, 
known by the English as Mothering Sunday.
 I asked Mr. Google what Mothering Sunday is.

 It seems that during the 16th century, people returned to their mother church for Laetare Sunday services. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants (I can picture this at Downton Abbey) were given a day off to visit their mother churches, usually with their mothers and other family members. Conflicting work hours meant it was probably the only time of the year when whole families could gather so the day was celebrated with simnel cakes. 

Simnel cake?
Another curious click of the computer and there it was~~a light fruit cake
topped with a layer of marzipan and eleven marzipan balls representing the twelve apostles minus Judas.
Simnel cake images from British blog friend, Rachel Cotterill, also turned up.

For a simnel cake recipe, click HERE!

And a Happy Mothering Sunday to those of you who go "a-mothering."



Hanne Bente said...

Hello Becky - UHM, your cake looks delicious out. Wish you a good Sunday :) Hugs Hanne Bente

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

nd a happy Mothering sunday to you...Who knew? :)

rosaria williams said...

I didn't know! And that is exactly the reason we blog, to share, to learn, to reach across the universe. Thanks.

Dewena Callis said...

I was hoping that you would do this! I'll be looking forward to each post. Mothering Sunday sounds like a practical and meaningful celebration. I am a fruitcake fan so will click on the link to that!

AntKaybe said...

We all need an excuse to return home - wherever that home may be. Mom knows best.

tammy j said...

i second dewena and Rosaria!
i love learning at your hand.
you make it fun and interesting.
now if i only cooked.
i mean baked.

S. Etole said...

I had wondered what mothering Sunday was. Thanks for all the info you have shared.

jmac said...

...and more facts to add to this ol' aging brain of mine! Love that you always make me think!!
Hope you had a mothering sunday!!

Linda said...

Glad you mark Mothering Sunday, too. Becky. It has been a tradition with my family and continues, I'm happy to say, with the new generation remembering the origin.