The History of Giving Flowers on Mother’s Day: A Tradition of Love and Appreciation

Feb 22, 2024 | Latest News

The History of Giving Flowers on Mother’s Day

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, it’s a tradition for many to express their love, gratitude, and appreciation towards mothers and mother figures through the simple, yet profound, act of giving flowers. At Cheltenham & Gloucester Flowers, we understand the deep-rooted significance of this gesture, tracing back to ancient civilisations and evolving through the centuries to become an integral part of Mother’s Day celebrations.

The tradition of honouring mothers has deep historical roots, with ancient celebrations like the Greek cult to Cybele and the Roman festival of Hilaria. However, in the UK, the precursor to the modern Mother’s Day can be found in the Christian festival known as Mothering Sunday. Celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday began as a day when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church near their home—for a special service. Over time, this religious tradition transformed into an occasion for honouring mothers and motherhood, merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 20th century.

The American Mother’s Day, initiated by Anna Jarvis in 1908, strongly influenced the UK’s observance of Mothering Sunday. Jarvis’s dedication to acknowledging the sacrifices mothers make for their children caught on globally, and by the 1920s and 1930s, the UK began to adopt the more secular aspects of the American Mother’s Day. This blend of traditions has resulted in the Mothering Sunday that we celebrate in the UK today, which retains its unique historical and cultural identity while also embracing the universal sentiments of appreciation and love for mothers.

The Significance of Flowers

Flowers have long been a symbol of love, respect, and appreciation, qualities that are perfectly aligned with the ethos of Mother’s Day. The tradition of giving flowers on this special day has various interpretations, influenced by historical, cultural, and social factors. In the Victorian era, flowers were used to convey messages and emotions in a society where expressing feelings was not openly encouraged. This language of flowers, or “floriography,” has carried through to modern times, making flowers a popular choice for expressing the complex and profound emotions we hold for our mothers.

Why Flowers Are a Perfect Gift

  1. Symbolism: Different flowers carry different meanings. For instance, carnations, Anna Jarvis’s flower of choice for Mother’s Day, symbolise a mother’s pure love. Roses are associated with gratitude and admiration, while lilies represent purity and beauty. At Cheltenham & Gloucester Flowers, we carefully curate our bouquets to encapsulate these emotions, ensuring that each arrangement conveys the right message of love and appreciation.
  2. Aesthetic and Emotional Impact: Flowers have the power to brighten up a room and bring a smile to someone’s face. Their beauty, fragrance, and colour can transform spaces and moods, making them a thoughtful and heart-warming gift.
  3. Personalisation: Flowers offer endless possibilities for personalisation. From selecting specific blooms that resonate with personal meaning to creating custom arrangements that reflect the recipient’s personality or preferences, flowers allow for a deeply personal touch.

The Role of Cheltenham & Gloucester Flowers

At Cheltenham & Gloucester Flowers, we’re not just florists; we’re storytellers, helping you convey your deepest emotions through the timeless language of flowers. We understand the importance of this tradition and are dedicated to sourcing the freshest, most beautiful blooms to help you celebrate the remarkable women in your life. Our expertise in floral design and our commitment to quality ensure that every bouquet we create is a work of art, filled with meaning and emotion.

As we approach Mother’s Day, we invite you to continue this beautiful tradition with us. Whether you’re looking for classic elegance, modern sophistication, or something uniquely personal, our team at Cheltenham & Gloucester Flowers is here to help you express your love and gratitude in the most beautiful way possible.

In a world that’s constantly changing, the tradition of giving flowers on Mother’s Day remains a timeless expression of love. It’s a simple gesture that speaks volumes, bridging hearts and generations. Let’s honour the incredible women in our lives with the beauty and grace of flowers, a testament to their enduring strength, love, and guidance.  Get in touch today 01242 254780 or visit our website