About the event
Mother's Day is a special occasion that provides us with the opportunity to express our love and gratitude towards the incredible women who have nurtured and supported us throughout our lives. In the UK the day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which usually falls in March. It is a day to honour mothers, grandmothers, stepmothers, and maternal figures who have played a significant role in shaping us.
On this day, people across the country come together to celebrate the love, sacrifice, and unconditional support provided by these people. It's a time for families to express their appreciation and show their affection through various gestures of love, such as heartfelt messages, thoughtful gifts, or a day filled with special activities.
How to approach it
While the day is primarily centred around celebrating the love for mothers, it is also essential to recognize the diverse experiences of motherhood and be mindful that this day can bring a mix of emotions for many. Some students may have lost their mothers, some may have difficult relationships with them and others may be raised in a non-traditional family such as having two fathers. Sensitivity and empathy towards different experiences are crucial here.
One way to broaden the focus of this day is to focus on maternal figures and maternal values. This is an opportunity to recognize all maternal figures who have showered us with love and guidance and to explore what values maternal care embodies. Ask your class to explore different mother figures in their lives, this could be a grandmother, aunt, sister, a close family friend or even a mentor who has taken on a maternal role. Ask: what do these people do for us? What does it mean to act in a motherly way? What can we learn from motherly values?
This is a day to celebrate all of the maternal figures in our lives. What do you think it means to be a maternal figure? Mother’s are the most obvious example - can you think of any other’s?