There is one day of the year when we have to make an extra special effort for our mums. Regardless of whether you go for an expensive slap-up meal or simply buy a bunch of flowers, every mum around the world appreciates a little bit of extra love and attention on this day.
My mum and I are exceptionally close and even though she pretends Mother’s Day isn’t her thing I love doing something extra special for her each year to remind her just how amazing she is.
As a mum myself I have loved getting home made cards and presents you cannot beat it.
But what do you actually know about Mother’s Day?
Well, for a bit of entertaining enlightenment, here are some fun facts about this warm-hearted holiday or alternatively, check out Thorntons Mother’s Day infographic here.
- Although Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in England since the early 16th century, it can be traced back to Ancient Greece, where festivities were held in honour of Rhea “the Mother of Gods.”
- In England, Mother’s Day is observed on the fourth Sunday after Lent, but it is different all around the world. Spain and Portugal celebrate it on 8th December by honouring the Virgin Mary and their own mothers while Japan’s celebration falls on 6th March, the Empress Kojun’s birthday. America, Canada and Australia have it on the second Sunday in May.
- It is believed that 50 countries around the world honour Mother’s Day, but the most prolonged celebration goes on in India, as they observe this holiday for 10 days.
- America has Anna Jarvis to thank for Mother’s Day, after she campaigned for Congress to recognise a special mothering tribute day. Along with honouring her own mother, Jarvis wanted the day to be one of reflection and quiet prayer for families.
- However, Jarvis would then go on to file a lawsuit against the over-commercialisation of Mother’s Day. Despite several protests, including one where she got arrested in 1948, Jarvis ultimately lost her battle.
- According to the Pew Research Centre, there are more phone calls made on Mother’s Day than any other Sunday of the year.
- White carnations were a popular present during the 1920s, as they were said to represent a mother’s love. Flowers remain in favour today and the US is said to spend $2.6 billion on this particular gift. But other popular items include plants, perfume and of course, chocolate!
So, there you have it. 7 fun Mother’s Day facts you might not have known about previously. Now you have no excuse for not remembering to buy your mother something special.
————–Image by Austin Kirk and Ian T.McFarland, used under the Creative Commons license.