Mothers Day is originated in the United States in the early 1900s and this day is celebrated to honor mothers and their influence in the society.
Inspite of all these, there are older traditions that celebrate similar holidays, but still they are not considered to be the origins of Mother’s Day.
Mothers Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries.
In some part of the world, it is celebrated in the month of March and in other parts it is celebrated in the month of May.
Here are some interesting facts about Mothers Day:
1) Mother’s Day is celebrated to honor the mother of the family as well as the motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.
Mother’s day is celebrated on various dates in various countries, but most commonly it is celebrated in the month of March and May.
2) Goddess Rhea was the mother of many deities. So in Greek mythology spring festivals are celebrated in the honor of the Goddess Rhea.
3) Omikami Amaterasu is the Mother of the World in the Shinto religion. The Imperial family in Japan claim they are her descendants.
4) In 1908, the first Mother’s Day was celebrated by Anna Jarvis to honor her mother Ann Jarvis.
She honored her mother with a memorial.
To establish ‘Mother’s Friendship Day’ Ann Jarvis started a committee in 1868 and her motivation to start the committee was to reunite families after Civil War.
5) In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases “Second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day”, and created the Mother’s Day International Association.
6) After the successful celebration of first Mother’s Day, Anna called out to make it a national celebration.
After years of efforts, she finally got attention of President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.
Then he announced officially that the second Sunday in May, no matter what the date is will be celebrated as Mother’s Day.
7) By the early 1920s, Hallmark Cards and other companies had started selling Mother’s Day cards.
Jarvis believed that the companies had misinterpreted and exploited the idea of Mother’s Day, and that the emphasis of the holiday was on sentiment, not profit.
8) The word mother starts with the letter “m” in most of the countries and languages.
9) The most common flower for Mother’s Day is the carnation; pink and red for mothers who are alive and white for those who have passed away.
10) Common gifts on Mother’s Day include: flowers, dinner or lunch in a restaurant, jewelry, gift cards, clothing and treats such as a trip to a spa.
Books, CDs, housewares and gardening tools are popular gifts as well.
11) There is no concept of Mother’s Day in Islam, but mothers hold a very high position in religious matters.
12) Especially in Hindu tradition, Mother’s Day is called “Mata Tirtha Aunshi” or “Mother Pilgrimage fortnight”, and is celebrated in countries with a Hindu population, especially in Nepal.
13) In the Roman Catholic Church, the holiday is strongly associated with revering the Virgin Mary.
In some Catholic homes, families have a special shrine devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In many Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, a special prayer service is held in honor of the Theotokos Virgin Mary.
14) In Buddhism, the festival of Ullambana is derived from the story of Maudgalyayana and his mother.
15) The Bible describes Eve as the “Mother of All the Living.”