Today is Mother's Day in the UK.
UK holds the prestige of being the first country in the world to dedicate a special day for mothers, as early as 17th century.
Mother's day is the contemporary version of the original name - 'Mothering Sunday'. The occasion has a long history, which dates back to as far back as the year 1600. During that time, the poor used to send their children to work as domestic servants or trainees in the homes of higher class of people. Once in a year, these children were given leave for a day, so that they could visit their Mother Church as well as their own mother. The day coincided with the middle Sunday of the fasting period of Lent. It was known as 'Refreshment Sunday' or 'Mid-Lent Sunday'.