Some Mother’s Day Interesting Facts.
It is that time of the year when we are thinking of ways to celebrate and show our appreciation for that special mother figure in our lives. With love we offer gifts of chocolates, flowers, a lunch out in a restaurant, gift vouchers or a gift that lasts forever such as a work of art, and for some it may be the gift of time spent together.
Here is a fun and interesting list of facts about the tradition of Mother’s day.
Interestingly, in the majority of languages all over the world, the word “mother” begins with the letter “M.”
What makes Mothering Day different from Mother’s Day is not only the name.
Here in the UK we celebrate Mothering Day on the fourth Sunday in Lent, which is halfway through Lent. This is why the date differs from year to year.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on particular days of the year, this is different days around the world.The largest number of countries uses the US date of the second Sunday in May while many choose March 8th which is International Women’s Day.
England was the First Country in the World to Dedicate a Day to Mothers.
Unlike Anna Jarvis in America, Constance Smith did not start an entirely new movement for a day to honour mothers in the UK. What she actually did was to bring back a century-old tradition, as the title of her booklet The Revival of Mothering Sunday, written in 1920, shows. Mothering Sunday was celebrated in England as early as the 17th century, making it the first country in the world to have a special day in praise of mothers.
We have been celebrating Mother’s Day as far back as the Ancient Greeks, who celebrated the Mother of the Gods, Rhea, at an annual Spring festival, by eating and drinking the finest food and wine.
In the US, Anna Jarvis is credited as being the “mother” of modern day Mother’s Day. When her own mother died, she set about campaigning for a day to honour mothers. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as a national day to honour mothers.
Mothering Sunday/Mother’s Day has other names attributed to the day. You can celebrate Refreshment Sunday, Mid-Lent Sunday, Simnel Sunday, Rose Sunday or the wonderfully named Pudding Pie Sunday.
Mothering cake or Simnel cake which is a fruit dessert topped with marzipan and decorated with flowers which can be either fresh or crystallised. Simnel cakes were one of Mothering Sunday traditions in the UK which outlived the Reformation and was part of the celebration of united families during the austerity of Lent.
During the Victorian era, little marzipan balls were added as decoration to symbolise the Apostles. Later on, Constance Smith re-introduced them again as part of the day honouring mothers. Nowadays, these rich almond cakes are also called Easter cakes.
With a return to the religious conversation associated with Mothering Sunday in the UK, it was originally the day when in 16th Century Christian practice one would make an annual visit to one’s mother church, which meant that most mothers would be reunited with their children on this day. Later it was the one day a year when servants were allowed to visit their families.
Some Church of England Churches believe that the 4th Sunday is the only day in Lent that marriages should be celebrated!!
According to the British Retail Consortium around £45 million is spent on Mother’s Day Cards with around 30 million cards sent, and around £55 million is spent on chocolates, with around 4 million people buying a box for their Mother.
According to the Flowers & Plants Association, Mother’s Day is the biggest event in the UK’s cut flower and indoor plant industry. At this time of year the UK’s sales of cut flowers and indoor plants increase by an average of 40% on a normal day’s trading.
It’s that time of year when we prepare to give thanks to that special woman in our lives, without whom none of us would exist, our mums. This Sunday, 26th March, is Mother’s Day, but how did this celebration of maternal love come about? Here are some facts and figures you may, or may not, have known about this special day…
Unlike many countries, Mother’s Day in the UK is always on the fourth Sunday in Lent, meaning it’s on a different date each year.
The same Anna Jarvis also campaigned against Mother’s Day years later when she became jaded by the commercialisation of the day, which she felt had become more about profit than sentiment.
On that subject, according to the British Retail Consortium, 30 million cards are sent in the UK on Mother’s Day at a cost of £45 million!
For us in Britain we spend twice as much on Mother’s Day as we do on the Father equivalent.
The oldest woman in the world to give birth was Rajo Devi from India, who had her first child at 70 in 2008.
According to records, the world’s most prolific mother was a Russian woman called Mrs Vassilyev who produced 69 children! She gave birth to sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 births. Sixty-seven of the 69 children born were said to have survived infancy. Imagine the cards and flowers on Mother’s Day!
All over the world, carnations are considered to be the flower of Mother’s Day. According to legends, carnations are believed to be made from Mother Mary’s tears when she wept at Jesus Christ’s feet as he was crucified. Pink and red carnations are presented to mothers by their children, while white carnations are offered to those who have passed away.