This Sunday is Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday, in Britain it is celebrated in March on the fourth Sunday in Lent, it is also celebrated in 46 other countries around the world (on different dates) and is the day that millions of people honour and thank their Mums, Grans, Great Grans and those who care for them for raising, looking after, caring and supporting them and for just always being there.
The origin of Mother’s Day dates back to the ancient Greeks who celebrated an annual spring festival dedicated to maternal goddesses and to honour Rhea who was the mother of many of the Greek gods and goddesses, ancient Romans too celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. Early Christians honoured the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ, this was later to include all mothers and was then called Mothering Sunday or Rose Sunday because roses were handed out to all women in church on that day. Flowers represent purity, beauty and life they are traditionally given on Mother’s Day and are always well received and much appreciated.
Fresh flowers can sometimes be expensive why not have a go at making your own, I always think that home-made gifts are nicer as they are unique and personal and made with a lot of thought, time and effort, why not have a go at our:
Water Lily Mother’s Day Card
What you will need
- Thin Paper (Coloured, White, Wrapping paper, pages from magazines)
- White card
- Green felt tips/crayons/paint
- Favourite Sweets/Chocolates (optional)
What you need to do
1. Cut your paper into squares.
2. Fold the square paper in half diagonally, corner to corner, crease the centre, unfold and repeat with the two remaining corners.
3. Fold all four of the corners into the centre, and then repeat again.
4. Turn your square over and again fold the corners into the centre.
5. Then carefully fold each corner over to about half way into the centre.
6. Place your thumb on the tip of each corner and carefully pull over the corner flap which is underneath whilst pressing down on the straight edge of the folded corner with your other thumb, this is the tricky part, don’t worry if the corners of the ‘petals’ tear slightly, a bit of practice may be required.
7. If you use different sizes of squares you will get varying sizes of flowers, you can then stick one flower inside another.
8. Draw a Lily Pad on a piece of card and colour/paint green or cut one out of green paper and stick onto the card, stick your flowers on top of your Lily Pad and add your message, if you wanted to you could make a flat card and put some of your Mums favourite sweets inside the flower.
Have fun this weekend and Mums have a lovely Mother’s Day
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