Every May, Mother’s Day presents people everywhere with a chance to express their gratitude and appreciation for one of the most important people in their lives: their mom. And though Mother’s Day might seem like a rather tame holiday, with its flowers, cards and breakfast in bed for mom, there’s actually a lot more to it than that. Did you know the day has its origins in political protest? Or that one of its original supporters was eventually arrested for protesting its very existence? There are a bunch of fun Mother’s Day facts, and discovering the fun details of the holiday is a great way to get inspired to celebrate. This year when you’re spending time with the wonderful mothers in your life you can pass along the fun tidbits you’ve learned. Read on for more interesting Mother’s Day trivia and historical fact.
Mother’s Day is a pretty popular day to ditch the kitchen and eat out. In 2018, around 87 million adults went to restaurants to eat, according to the National Restaurant Association.
Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May, which means it’s on a different date each year. This year it falls on May 10, but next year it will be on a different day in May.
The average age for first time mothers has gone up over the last decade, according to the CDC. In 2000, the average age was 24.9 years old, in 2014 it was 26.3.
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Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, attending church services is a popular activity among families. In fact, Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday of the year for churches, falling just behind Christmas and Easter, according to USA Today.
Ancient myths allude to the fact that Greeks and Romans celebrated Mother’s Day by honoring Goddess Cybele, personifying Great Mother Earth and Goddess of fertility, and Rhea, mother of the Gods.
Social activist Julia Ward Howe first brought the idea of Mother’s Day to the United States after the Civil War, but Howe’s version was much different from the flowers-and-hugs version we know today. Howe wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation and envisioned a Mother’s Day for Peace, in which women would protest against war. Some groups still observe the holiday in this manner, one of the most famous being a huge crowd of women who gathered outside the Lawrence Livermore Library at the University of California in 1982 to protest nuclear weapons.
The current version of Mother’s Day was started by Anna Jarvis in the early 1900s, according to Today. Jarvis got Congress to recognize the holiday, founded the Mother’s Day International Association and even trademarked the phrase “Mother’s Day.” Jarvis was inspired by her own mother, who had called for “Mothers Work Days” to improve conditions for soldiers on both sides during the Civil War.
Less than a decade after she fought so hard to make it happen, Anna Jarvis ended up despising the holiday she helped popularize, according to Mental Floss. She spoke out vehemently over the commercialization of Mother’s Day, called for its demise and was arrested during one of her protests in 1948.
Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday in the world, second to only Christmas and Easter. Other countries celebrate their own versions of Mother’s Day. The UK has Mothering Sunday, which dates back to the 16th century and is observed on the fourth Sunday after Lent; Japan has its celebration of the Empress Kojun’s birthday, which has become just as commercialized as the American Mother’s Day; and Spain and Portugal celebrate on December 8 by honoring both the Virgin Mary and their own moms.
Florists might hawk huge Mother’s Day bouquets with exotic blooms and designer names, but the traditional gift is a single, simple carnation. Also interesting to note: A research study decoded why moms love getting flowers so much. The study, conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, concluded that flowers affect human behavior, making people feel more compassionate toward others and happier in general when fresh-cut blooms are around.
According to the most recent info (a Pew Research survey from 2014), there are about 85 million mothers in the United States.
A 2010 survey from Reuters found that Mother’s Day is the most popular day for phone calls.
In 2019, the National Retail Federation expected Americans to spend $25 billions on Mother’s Day gifts that year.
The job of a mother is never done. It’s a 24/7 commitment. According to research from Salary.com, stay-at-home moms should, in theory, make $162,581 a year.
According to Hallmark, Mother’s Day is the third-largest card-sending holiday in the United States; about 113 million cards are exchanged each year