I thought it would be fun to just start writing down a bunch of facts about Mother’s Day since we are about ready to celebrate it. I hope that you enjoy what I have come up with.
Who created Mother’s Day? – Anna Jarvis was responsible for creating this wonderful day back in 1908 but it was not until 1914 when it would become an official U.S. Holiday.
Did you know? – Anna Jarvis never married and never had children? She created Mother’s Day to honor her mother when she passed away and what she and other mothers do for their children.
Do you know? – There was a certain flower Anna decided would be worn as a badge when visiting your mother or attending church. The flower she chose was a white carnation, sadly before to long florists and others capitalized on this.
What you don’t know – Anna did not like the way this special day became commercialized and would spend her later years in life doing everything she could to have it removed from the calendar.
Did you know? – There were festivals held by the ancient Greeks and Romans honoring two of their believed mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele.
The Christian festival – Observed on the fourth Sunday during Lent this festival was referred to as “Mothering Sunday” and was a major tradition in parts of Europe and in the United Kingdom. The Christians believed that during this time the faithful followers would return to their “mother church” which would be the main church a person attended in their home town or area where a special service was held in honor of this.
What you didn’t know – There is a 37 percent spike in phone traffic on Mother’s Day, the highest call volume day over any other during the year.
Did you know? – Mother’s Day is not celebrated on the same day all over the world, it varies. For example, it is celebrated in August on the birthday of whoever is the current queen in Thailand.
Did you Know? – Mother’s Day is celebrated in over 50 Countries around the world.
Which President declared Mother’s Day a National Holiday? – This was declared by President Woodrow Wilson back in 1914
What you didn’t know – In India they celebrate Mother’s Day for 10 days during October.
Money spent on Mother’s Day – These numbers may not be current but at one time it was recorded that the following money was spent on Mother’s Day items:
- Cards – 671 million
- Gifts – 126 million
- Flowers – 1.9 million
- The most expensive flower in the world is called the Shenzhen Nongke Orchid costing $248,912
Did you know? – Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May. A simple way to remember it is that it will soon follow that festive celebration call Cinco De Mayo where we celebrate the fifth of May. Once you get past your hangover you know you have a week or two to get ready to celebrate Mom!
Barbara Stull, Creating new possibilities through writing!
Sources: Various websites, articles I have read over the years as well as my own personal knowledge.
An additional source: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff11.html