Facts about Mother's Day

Facts about Mother's Day

Mother's Day is celebrated across the world, in more than 50 countries, though not all countries celebrate it on the same day.

To mark the day, here are 20 interesting facts about Mother's Day.


The founder of Mothers' Day, Anne Jarvis, never became a mother. Mother's Day Facts

A Mother's day tradition is wearing a carnation. A colored carnation signifies that a person's mother is living while a white carnation is used to honor a deceased mother. A Mother's day tradition is wearing a carnation. A colored carnation signifies that a person's mother is living while a white carnation is used to honor a deceased mother. Mother's Day Facts

President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday on May 9, 1914. Mother's Day Facts

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. Mother's Day Facts

The busiest phone day of the year is Mother's Day, with over 122.5 million calls in one day. Mother's Day Facts

Approximately 65 percent of card sales occur five days prior to Mother's Day. Approximately 65 percent of card sales occur five days prior to Mother's Day. Mother's Day Facts

The most popular day of the week for a child to be born is Tuesday. Mother's Day Facts

120 million Mother's Day cards are exchanged annually in the United States. Mother's Day Facts

According to the Insure.com 2014 Mother's Day Index, various tasks Mothers perform at home would be worth $62,985 a year in the professional world. Mother's Day Facts

More people purchase fresh flowers and plants for Mother's Day than for any other holiday except Christmas/Hanukkah. More people purchase fresh flowers and plants for Mother's Day than for any other holiday except Christmas/Hanukkah. Mother's Day Facts

There are more Google searches for 'flowers' in the days before Mother's Day than there are leading up to St. Valentine's Day. Mother's Day Facts

Julia Ward Howe, suffragette, and writer of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," first suggested Mother's Day in the United States in 1872. Mother's Day Facts

In 1908, Anna Jarvis began campaigning for a national observance of Mother's Day in honor of her late mother. Mother's Day Facts

Anna Jarvis, the founder of modern Mother's Day resented commercialization of Mother's Day. Before her death in 1948, she admitted that she regretted ever starting the holiday. Mother's Day Facts

Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara is the oldest verified mother; she was aged 66 years 358 days when she gave birth to twins in 2006 Mother's Day Facts

The most popular month for a child to be born is July. Mother's Day Facts

Mother's Day in Taiwan is celebrated on the same day as Buddha's birthday Mother's Day in Taiwan is celebrated on the same day as Buddha's birthday Mother's Day Facts

In Thailand, Mother's Day is celebrated on 12 August, the birthday of the current Queen. Mother's Day Facts

Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for the restaurant industry with 62% of Americans dining out. Mother's Day Facts

Mother's Day is America's third-largest retail holiday after the winter holidays and back-to-school season, according to the National Retail Federation. Mother's Day Facts
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