7 Fast Facts You Might Not Know About Mother’s Day

25 March 2023
By Sarah Angela Almaden
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Mother’s Day is a celebration that happens every year, all around the planet. It is celebrated differently in different corners of the world, but the main focus is universal: to honor all our mothers and mother figures. So as you can imagine, a lot of time, thought, effort, and love come into play when preparing for this very special day. After all, we just want to remind our mothers and mother figures of all our love and care, and gratitude for all they have done for us on good days and bad days. But what else do we know about this annual celebration called Mother’s Day? Read on to find out!

    1. Ancient Greeks and Romans held celebrations to honor mothers.
    2. The Greeks worshiped and celebrated Rhea (Rheia), the goddess of fertility, motherhood, and generation, each year in spring. While, the ancient Romans celebrated a spring celebration on the Ides of March (March 15th) as a tribute to Cybele, who was worshiped as the mother goddess.

    3. Mother’s Day is celebrated on a different day each year.
    4. In case you forget, Mother's Day is always observed on the second Sunday in May of each year. Therefore, this celebration's date will never always fall on the same date.

    5. A poll indicates that cards are the most common gift for this holiday.
    6. In need of a gift to give to your precious mother? Here’s a simple suggestion: write her a sweet note. Because a card never falls out of fashion whatever the occasion and however it is made. ;)

    7. Anna Jarvis started Mother’s Day.
    8. Anna Jarvis established Mother’s Day sometime in the early 1900s to honor her beloved mother. She also organized the first Mother's Day event in Grafton, West Virginia, on May 10, 1908.

    9. US President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother's Day to be commemorated on the second Sunday of May each year.
    10. US President Woodrow Wilson was persuaded by Anna Jarvis to designate the second Sunday in May of each year as Mother's Day. According to History.com, on May 9, 1914, President Wilson said that the public holiday is a time where we can “publicly express our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

    11. A survey indicates that more calls are made on this day.
    12. History.com reveals that more calls are made on the second Sunday in May (which coincidentally is Mother’s Day), with the volume increase reaching a high of 37%.

    13. Carnation is the official flower of this celebration for mothers.
    14. Anna Jarvis started wearing a carnation, her mother's favorite flower, as a sign of reverence, admiration, and appreciation. Sometime in 1907, she delivered 500 white carnations to the church where her mother taught Sunday school and asked that each mother who entered the church get a flower. Ever since then, the church continued the tradition of handing out carnations to mothers on Mother's Day services each year and neighboring communities started doing the same.

      It is believed that the different colors of the spring flower have special meanings. For example, pink and red carnations are used to honor a mother who is still living, and white carnations are used to honor a mother who passed away.