Mother’s Day originated in the United States in early 1900s. Here, the day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It has been linked to a Greek tradition and Hilaria, a Roman festival. The first ever Mother’s day was celebrated in 1908. In 1912, a social activist Anna Jarvis trademarked ‘Mother’s day’ and created the Mother’s Day International Association.
She is known as the founder of Mother’s day. This day became an official recognized US holiday in 1914. This day is also known as ‘Mothering Sunday’ in the United Kingdom and all other parts of Europe.
Quick Facts: –
- It traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, chocolates, cards and some other types of gifts.
- Mother’s day is celebrated in around 50 countries in different parts of the world.
- In Greek mythology, various festivals were held in honor of the maternal goddess called ‘Rhea’.
- President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution On May 8, 1914. By this Joint Resolution, the second Sunday of May was designated as Mother’s Day.
- Carnations are the most popular flowers on this day. Pink and red are given to mothers that are alive and whites are gifted to mothers who have passed away.
- Approximately more than 120 million phone calls are made to mothers on this day in the United States alone.
- This day is celebrated throughout the world. Each country has its own traditions.
- The word mother starts with letter ‘m’ in many languages.
- The Bible describes Eve as ‘the mother of all the living’.
- This day is the third most popular card sending holiday in the US.