Mother’s Day is a day where we celebrate our Mums and say thanks! Our Mums do a lot for us and are always working really hard. On this day Mothers often receive chocolates, flowers, presents or maybe you just want to spend time together. No matter how you show it, we are sure she will appreciate it!
10 Facts for Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is not only a time to celebrate mums, it’s also steeped with tradition and amazingly facts. Check out our 10 facts about Mother’s Day.
1. The first Mother’s Day in the US was celebrated in 1908.
2. A lady called Anne Jarvis came up with Mother’s Day in the USA. She wanted to remember her Mother as she had sadly passed away and asked her friends to wear white carnations to church.
3. Over time Mother’s Day was expanded to include others, such as grandmothers and aunts, who played mothering roles. What had originally been primarily a day of honour became associated with the sending of cards and the giving of gifts, however, and, in protest against its commercialisation, Anne Jarvis spent the last years of her life trying to abolish the holiday she had brought into being.
4. One of the earliest Mother’s Day celebrations happened in ancient Greece, which was a celebration of Rhea, goddess of motherhood and fertility.
5. The words ‘mom,’ ‘ma,’ or ‘mama’ are pretty universal sounds for mother because babies’ first words typically start with the ‘m’ sound and in the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
6. Carnations became the symbol of Mother’s Day (supposedly representing the tears of Mary when Jesus was crucified). Pink or red carnation were given to mum who were alive while wearing a white carnation honoured a mother who had passed away. Although the tradition has faded, most mothers are going to get flowers from their loved ones on this special day.
7. In Azerbaijan, Mother’s Day is celebrated on International Women’s Day which is on 8th March. This means that all women are celebrated and gifts are given to all! In Ireland and the UK, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This explains why the date varies every year! This year, that date falls on Sunday 19th March.
8. It is estimated that the most phone calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year. This fact should be a reminder that on this day, your mum is definitely expecting to hear from you, and a text just won’t do so be sure to call her!
9. Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days of the year for eating out so it's usually the busiest day of the year in the restaurant industry. Make those reservations ASAP, unless you’re willing to throw on your chef’s hat and cook up a storm to impress your Mum.
10. If there was a competition between parental appreciation days, mothers would win outright. People spend far more for Mother's Day than Father's Day. Sorry Dad; we love you really!