5 Interesting Facts About Motherís Day
Motherhood is unpaid labor. From cooking the food, cleaning the house to taking care of you when you are sick, mums do everything for their family. Motherís Day is celebrated worldwide every year to honor and show appreciation to all mothers. Here are 5 interesting facts you may not know about Motherís Day.
1. How It Started
Every year we celebrate a special day to honor mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds and their influence in our society. However, the actual date of Motherís day varies differently among countries.
In 1908, the first modern holiday of Motherís Day was celebrated. It was Anna Jarvis who held a memorial for her mother. But she has already created the campaign way back in 1905 the year her mother died. She wanted Motherís Day to be a recognized holiday in the US.
Finally, in 1914 after years of rejections, then US President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday of May as a national holiday of honoring Mothers, owing it all to Anna Jarvisís efforts.
2. How It Should Be Spelled
Heads up grammar nazis. As Motherís Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May in the US, Anna Jarvis, the founder, specifically put in writing that the use of the word ďMotherísĒ should be in singular possessive. This is to signify the commemoration of each familyís mother and not all the moms in the world.
Even the signed proclamation in 1914 by then US President Woodrow Wilson, used the same spelling. The succeeding US Presidents also used the same spelling in proclamations concerning Motherís Day.
The relevant bills by the US Congress also used Motherís Day in singular form. Today, it has been adopted by many and has been widely used.
3. Same Celebration, Different Dates
As Motherís Day is commonly celebrated on the second Sunday of May, the date of celebrations varies among different countries. In the UK, Mothering Sunday and Motherís Day were both merged after the US World War II soldiers brought the latter celebration to the UK.People from the UK started celebrating on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Itís the same date where Mothering Sunday has been celebrated for centuries. These two have traditions incorporated in one.
Most Arab countries celebrate their Motherís Day on the 21st of March. The practice of honoring mothers emulated from ancient Egyptian celebrations honoring the goddess Isis, wife of Osiris. In 1956, Egypt officially made March 21st, the first day of spring, as Motherís Day and soon the tradition spread across the region.
Interestingly, Argentina celebrates their Motherís day on the 11th of October because of a popular tradition.
4. Carnations On Motherís Day
Anna Jarvis, the founder of Motherís Day, had used the flower carnation during the celebration. She used two colors, red and white. The red carnation symbolizes that your mother is living when celebrating Motherís Day. The white carnation is used and meant that she had passed away. These flowers were also worn as an embellishment to commemorate a mother.
China and Japan celebrate Motherís day with carnations as the most popular gift given to mothers.
5. Motherís Day Is One of the Most Profitable Holidays
According to the National Retail Federation, people are spending a near-record of $23.1 billion on flowers, cards, jewellery, dinners and clothing in the US alone.
Flowers have been the most popular Motherís Day gift which outstandingly exceeds the flowers given on Valentineís Day, Easter and Christmas.
Not only that, phone calls on Motherís Day are placed across the world. In the US, approximately 122 million calls are made only for moms. Mind Blowing! It surpasses calls made on New Yearís and Valentineís Days.
In 2018, the National Restaurant Association had noted that about 87 million adults made plans to dine with their moms for Motherís Day. Moreover, $4.6 billion was spent on jewelry.
Greeting cards are still popular gifts for mums. Every Motherís Day, approximately 152 million cards are sent. No wonder, it is truly the most profitable holiday. Why not? Moms are our heroes. Even without having to spend a single money and writing a heartfelt letter will show them how remarkable and appreciated they are.
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