Mother’s Day is a day dedicated only to mothers. It is an occasion celebrated throughout the world. Besides the U.S. and U.K., countries like India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Belgium also observe this day. Here are a 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Mother’s Day .
A woman named Anna Jarvis was the founder of Mother’s Day in the U.S. As a child, she witnessed her mother express her desire that someday someone must honor all mothers, whether living or dead and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. Anna Jarvis put in efforts to turn her mother’s mere desire into reality. Her hard work paid off and Mother’s Day and was celebrated in almost every state in the Union on May 8th, 1914.
Even though it was her idea to mark the day Anna Jarvis wanted it to be a day of prayer and reflection on the role of mothers. She was unhappy with the commercialization of the Mother’s Day and actually went to court to prevent it. However, she lost the battle.
Mother’s Day is not celebrated on the same day throughout the world. Most countries observe it on the first Sunday of May.
The World Record for Most Children Bore is held by a Russian woman named Valentina Vassilyeva. She had 69 children in 27 pregnancies. She had no single births but multiple sets of twins, triplets and quadruplets.
The early origins of Mother’s Day can be traced to ancient Greek and Roman Mythology. The Greeks dedicated their annual spring festival to maternal goddesses. They used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities according to their belief.
Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. The celebration was marked by offerings in the temple of Cybele and included parades, games and masquerades.
Even those that live away from their mothers and are unable to travel home mark the occasion with a phone call. That clearly shows the significance of Mother’s Day in today’s age.
The letter ‘M’ is for Mother in most of the world’s languages like Mother or Mummy in English and Ma in Hindi.
During the 1920s the flower known as the ‘White Carnation’ became a popular gift item for mothers especially on Mother’s Day. They were believed to signify the purity of a mother’s love.
Experts suggest that in England, centuries ago, young servant girls would travel home around the time of Lent; it was one of the few days in the year that families would be reunited.
Mother’s Day is a busy time for florists, sales increase by 40%, however Valentine’s Day is a more popular time for people to buy flowers and so is Christmas. The popular gift items for Mother’s Day include flowers, chocolates, bath and spa products, perfumes, greeting cards etc.
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