Every year we celebrate our moms for their strength, love, and guidance on Mother’s Day (though we really should be doing that every day of the year!). Chances are we’ll buy them flowers, cards and a nice dinner (boring…get a personalized canvas print instead) and we won’t give it another thought until the next year rolls around.
That being said, Mother’s Day is a holiday with interesting origins and over the years, it has developed a rich history. Here are 10 fun facts about Mother’s Day that you probably didn’t know:
1. At the beginning… The earliest Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.
2. Modern times. We can thank Anna Jarvis for Mother’s Day celebration we know today. On May 10, 1908, Anna held a memorial for her late mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She sent 500 white carnations to the church in her honor. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.
3. Ring, ring! According to the Pew Research Center, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year.
4. Love for moms all over the world. Mother’s Day is celebrated in close to 50 countries in different parts of the world.
5. A date to remember. In Mexico, Mother’s Day is always celebrated on May 10. When the holiday falls on a weekday, mothers take the day off from work and children stay home from school. Other countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10 include Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates
6. An interesting way to celebrate… In 2012, North Korea began its own version of the celebration, reportedly marked by a military parade
7. Mum’s the word. In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
8. Eat to your heart’s content. For Americans, Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year with 62% of Americans dining out.
9. I’m sorry, I’m tied up at the moment… In what was formerly Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother’s Day. The only way she could be freed would be to “pay” her children with candy and treats. Yikes!
10. Show me the money! If you paid mothers for the tasks they do at home, their annual salary would be $62,985. She does it all for free so make sure to show all the moms you know the appreciation she deserves! (source: Insure)
Have you gotten Mom’s gift yet? April 29th is the Mother’s Day shipping deadline!