Mothering Sunday is celebrated by Christians in the United Kingdom, Ireland and some other English-speaking countries. It is generally observed in parishes of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church, as well as in the Free Churches in the British Isles and many Anglican parishes throughout the world, especially in Canada and Australia. It falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Day. Once observed as a day on which people would visit their "mother" church, it has become an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents. It is increasingly being called Mother's Day, although that name also belongs to the American and Canadian secular holiday which is quite distinct from the original Mothering Sunday.