INTERESTING MOTHER’S DAY FACTS:
|Mother’s Day is often associated with Mothering Sunday, a Christian holiday. They are not related to each other.|
|Mother’s Day has also been linked to Cybele, a Greek tradition and Hilaria, a Roman festival. Again, they are not related to Mother’s Day.|
|The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908. Anna Jarvis honoured her mother Ann Jarvis with a memorial. Ann Jarvis had started a committee in 1868 to establish ‘Mother’s Friendship Day’. Her motivation had been to reunite families after the Civil War. She died in 1905 before Mother’s Day became a holiday.|
|In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked both ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘the second Sunday in May’. She also created Mother’s Day International Association.|
|Mother’s Day became a recognised holiday in 1914 in the United States.|
|By the 1920s it had become so commercialised already that Anna Jarvis was disappointed.|
|The holiday was then adapted into many other countries.|
|In the 1800s attempts were made to celebrate mothers in various parts of the U.S. but none of them reached beyond their local areas.|
|Approximately 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day in the United States.|
|In most countries and languages, the word for mother begins with ’em’.|
|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.|
|A legend states that carnations were made from the tears of Jesus’ mother when she wept at his feet when he was crucified.|
|Of all the flowers bought for holidays, one-quarter are purchased for Mother’s Day.|
In the United States, 26.3 was the average age of a mother giving birth for the first time in 2014.
In its early days, people observed Mother’s Day by going to church and writing letters to their mothers. Eventually, sending cards and giving gifts and flowers were added to the tradition.
About 133 million Mother’s Day cards are exchanged annually in the United States, according to the Greeting Card Association.
Consumers purchase an average of 2.8 Mother’s Day cards.
Approximately 65% of card sales occur five days prior to Mother’s Day.
More people purchase fresh flowers and plants for Mother’s Day than for any other holiday except Christmas/Hanukkah.
In 2016, the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimated that U.S. consumers would spend $21.4 billion celebrating Mother’s Day.
Most consumers will give cards (78.4%) and flowers (66.5%) or take mom out (55.2%) in 2016, but more money will be spent on jewelry ($4.2 billion), followed by outings ($4.1 billion) and flowers ($2.4 billion), according to the NRF.
According to the Insure.com 2015 Mother’s Day Index, the various tasks Moms perform at home would be worth $65,284 (up from $62,985 in 2014) a year in the professional world.
Anna Jarvis started the tradition of wearing a carnation on Mother’s Day. A coloured carnation means that a person’s mother is living. A white carnation indicates that a person’s mother is dead.