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Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

Don’t forget Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is commemorated throughout the world to honor maternal bonds, and the importance of moms in families and society – a celebration of and for all mothers!

It is a non-religious celebration that gained prominence in the USA in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother and, subsequently, started a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States. She succeeded by 1914, so Americans annually celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May. Anna Jarvis chose a Sunday because she wanted it to be a “holy” day, not a holiday, and the 2nd Sunday in May because it was the anniversary of her mom’s passing.

Many other countries including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, Russia, China, Thailand and India have followed suit, although not all celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day, or in the same way. So, for example, in Sweden Mother’s Day falls on the last Sunday in May, while the Spanish celebrated it on December 8. The French refer to Mother’s Day as Fete des Meres and celebrate it on the last Sunday in May. And in the (former) Yugoslavia, the kids tie up their mom, only releasing her when she has “paid” them with sweets or other treats – go figure!

Mother’s Day has thus become one of our most popular yearly events and, may I say, rightly so – all moms deserve to be celebrated in this way for their devotion to and love of their children. Although we can do our best to honor them on this important day, we could of course never completely compensate for all their sacrifices over many years – thanks mom!

How to show mom that you cherish and appreciate her? With a single rose, of course! 😉

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Some interesting trivia about Mother’s Day are:

  • There is an International Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton, West Virginia that aims to “preserve, promote and develop through education, the Spirit of Motherhood … and the institution of Mother’s Day …”
  • Although Anna Jarvis in the US is seen as the founder in the early 20th century of (the modern) Mother’s Day, several global events and feasts celebrating mothers have been in existence almost since the start of time.
  • The ancient Greeks also celebrated their version of mother’s day in springtime.
  • In the 1600’s, the English celebrated “Mothering Sunday” when servants could enjoy a day off with their families, in particular, to honor mom by presenting her with a simnel-cake and other sweets – the custom of “going a-mothering”.
  • In 1912 Anna Jarvis incorporated the Mother’s Day International Association, and trademarked the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day”, as well as the (use of) white carnations as official Mother’s Day symbol.
  • But just 9 years after Jarvis had succeeded in getting Mother’s Day declared a national holiday, she expressed her dissatisfaction with its over-commercialization, and even threatened to sue to stop it. In her mind this day had already become a “Hallmark holiday”, dismissing greeting cards as “a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write”.
  • The correct spelling is “Mother’s Day”, not “Mothers’ Day” or “Mothers Day”.
  • Mother’s Day is the biggest US holiday for long-distance telephone calls, with over 122.5 million phone calls placed annually to mom on this day. But, get this, 11% of children never call their mothers on this day, and 3% of those calling mom, do so collect!
  • Also in the USA, Mother’s Day remains one of the busiest days for flower sales, greeting cards, and other gifts.
  • Since it is on a Sunday, churchgoing is also popular on Mother’s Day, with the highest church attendance after Christmas Eve and Easter.
  • Many celebrate Mother’s Day with carnations, colored if mom is alive, or white if she has passed away, but roses also remain a favorite.

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