What is Mothers Day?
Mother's Day is a legal national holiday in the US, but not a public holiday. The day honors mothers and motherhood. The holiday has become a popular observance in many countries around the world, but it may not be celebrated on the same day in other countries.
Facts about Mothers Day
The founder of Mothers' Day, Anne Jarvis, never became a 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.
President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday on May 9, 1914.
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.
The busiest phone day of the year is Mother's Day, with over 122.5 million calls in one day.
Approximately 65 percent of card sales occur five days prior to Mother's Day.
The most popular day of the week for a child to be born is Tuesday.
120 million Mother's Day cards are exchanged annually in the United States.
The most popular month for a child to be born is July.
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.
More people purchase fresh flowers and plants for Mother's Day than for any other holiday except Christmas/Hanukkah.
There are more Google searches for 'flowers' in the days before Mother's Day than there are leading up to St. Valentine's Day.
In Thailand, Mother's Day is celebrated on 12 August, the birthday of the current Queen.
Julia Ward Howe, suffragette, and writer of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," first suggested Mother's Day in the United States in 1872.
In 1908, Anna Jarvis began campaigning for a national observance of Mother's Day in honor of her late mother.
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.
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 in Taiwan is celebrated on the same day as Buddha's birthday
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