Every year on the second Sunday of May, we take time to remember a special lady in our lives-MOM! This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 8, 2011 (or at least in Canada and the United States it does). So here is a little trivia and some facts about Mothers Day and the role it has played over the years.
- The earliest Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.
- During the 1600’s, England celebrated a day called “Mothering Sunday,” celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent. This was a time put aside for relaxation and enjoyment during the long Lenten fast. Servants would go home to see their families, bringing cakes and sweets to their moms. This custom was called “going a-mothering”. Each mother would receive a simnel-cake (Latin for “fine flour) and mother’s would give a blessing to their children.
Early “Mother’s Day” in the US was mostly recognized by woman’s peace groups. An early activity was the meeting of groups of mothers whose sons had served or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. There were local celebrations in the 1870s and the 1880s, but nothing to speak of on a state or national basis.
In 1868 Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day” whose purpose was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War”, and she wanted to expand it into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular, later her daughter Anna Jarvis would continue her efforts.
Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated in almost 50 countries around the world. However, it is celebrated on different days in the month of May and in some countries at entirely different times of the year. Mother’s Day has come to be internationally recognized as the day to honor all mothers. To thank them for not only the love they give, but the sacrifices they make that benefit their own children and consequently to the betterment of society.
- In France Mother’s Day is referred to as Fete des Meres. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in May and is treated more like a family birthday. Families gather for a special meal.
- In India Mother’s Day is celebrated nationally on 19 August.
Here’s a bit of fun stuff!
- In the vast majority of the languages worldwide, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M. It appears some things are almost universal.
- Mother’s Day accounts for one-fourth of the flowers purchased for holidays. About one-third (32%) of adults (37% of men; 27% of women) bought flowers or plants as gifts for Mother’s Day 2009.
Why Flowers on Mother’s Day?
Well, first and foremost, who does not enjoy receiving flowers? Flowers have traditionally been a way of conveying feelings and letting the recipient know how important a role they play in the senders life. When it comes to playing an important role in an individuals life, it’s hard to top Mom!
Secondly, flowers come with some direct benefits over and above a thank you, a hug, or a smile. There has been a great deal of research showing the health benefits associated with receiving flowers. Last but not least, flowers are one of the easiest gifts to send to let Mom know she is in your heart and mind.
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