In most countries around the globe, Mother’s Day, the special holiday to express gratitude and appreciation to the woman who had sacrificed her entire life for the sake of her children’s happiness, is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. But did you know the facts about Mother’s Day?
Not only known as the time to honor mom, but Mother’s Day is also steeped with amazing fun facts and traditions. Check out the most interesting facts about Mother’s Day and funny stories around motherhood.
Facts about Mother’s Day
1. Creator of Mother’s Day had no child
The inventor of Mother’s Day in the United States is Anna Jarvis. The woman quit her job to focus full-time on persuading civic leaders, politicians as well as business executives into making Mother’s Day official.
After a lot of effort and persistence, she finally got success. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution that designated the second Sunday in May as the official date for Mother’s Day. In his first proclamation for Mother’s Day, Wilson stated that the special day offered a chance to “publicly express our love and reverence for the mothers of our country”.
And while her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, had 13 children, Anna Jarvis never married nor had children herself.
2. Mother’s Day was spread throughout the world
It is said that Jarvis wrote to many businessmen and politicians across the globe to promote national holidays in conjunction with the celebrations of Mother’s Day. With such efforts of Anna Jarvis, Mother’s Day was later celebrated in many other countries and regions around the world such as Africa, South America, and Asia.
3. The popularity of Mother’s Day
This is one of the most interesting facts about Mother’s Day. The special day for moms and other important women in your life is known as the THIRD most popular holiday in the world. In terms of popularity, Mother’s Day is just behind Christmas and Easter.
4. Phone calls on Mother’s Day
Pew Research indicates that more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other holiday of the year. Especially, just in the United States, statistics show that about 122 million phone calls are made to moms on a special day for her.
5. A card is the most popular Mother’s Day gift
This is one of the most exciting facts about Mother’s Day. And we admit that whether it’s a handmade gift with love and gratitude to our mom or a purchased gift with moms in mind, most of us tend to give the best woman in our life a card to mark the day. some people might misunderstand but flowers are just the second most popular gifts for mom on Mother’s Day.
6. Shock sales of card on Mother’s Day
About 65% of the sales of greeting cards occur in the last five days before Mother’s Day.
7. Most card buyers are women
This sounds hard to believe, but the statistics show that 80% of all Mother’s Day card buyers are women.
8. Flowers for Mother’s Day
According to a research of Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, flowers have a significant impact on human behavior. Flowers are considered to make people feel happier and people tend to be more compassionate around fresh-cut blooms
9. Reason for the apostrophe before the “s” in “Mother’s Day”
The purpose of celebrating Mother’s Day was to honor mothers individually, not collectively. That is the reason for the apostrophe before the “s”, making the phrase singular possessive instead of plural possessive.
10. What moms really want
Do you know that what moms really want is a reservation somewhere? a 2017 RetailMeNot survey points out that what Mom really wants is a nice meal out with her family. “She doesn’t want to cook meals, she doesn’t want to stay at home, so we should get her out of the house, take Mom to her favorite restaurant, enjoy a nice meal with her. Let your Mom know how you really appreciate her that way!
11. Dining out on Mother’s Day
With up to 62% of Americans dining out to celebrate the holiday, Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for the restaurant industry. People spend approximately $14 dollars on Mother’s Day.
12. How kids celebrate Mother’s Day in formerly Yugoslavia
In a region that was formerly Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mothers on Mother’s Day. And moms just had one way to get free – they would pay their children with treats. This is one of the strange facts about Mother’s Day.
13. The youngest mother on record
In 1939, by C-section, the youngest mother on record delivered a baby boy in Lima, Peru. At that time, she was only 5 years old. The baby was later raised as her brother.
14. The oldest mother on record
On the other hand, the oldest woman to give birth to a baby was recorded on April 9, 2003. That woman is Satyabhama Mahapatra, a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher in India. That baby boy was her first child after 50 years of marriage, which was a really great thing. It was said that her 26-year-old niece was the one that donated the eggs to her.
15. The shortest span between siblings
Jayne Bleackley was the mom who created the shortest span between two babies. On September 3, 1999, she gave birth to her son and just 208 days later, she continued giving birth to her daughter (on March 30, 2000).
16. The longest span between siblings
There is a woman who gives a whole new meaning to the second family – she is Elizabeth Ann Buttle. The mother gave birth to her first child (a girl) on May 19, 1956. A very long time later when she was 60 years old, the mother gave birth to her second baby (a boy) on November 20, 1997, making the siblings 41 years 185 days apart.
17. Ancient Greeks organized spring festivals to honor mothers
Although it was quite different from the Mother’s Day celebrations we usually have today, the ancient Greeks used to organize festivals to honor the maternal goddess Rhea. It is commonly believed that she was the mother of many deities.
Take time to celebrate and honor your Mom this upcoming Mother’s Day. Surprise her with a nice meal, some handmade gifts and all the fun facts you have discovered here today.