Anna Jarvis may have been behind our traditional Mother’s Day celebration on the second Sunday of May. Anna never had any children, but she wanted to carry out her own mother’s wishes of having a day just for moms. Anna tirelessly campaigned, and on May 8, 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
In 1870 a female activist, writer, and poet named Julia Ward (she wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) suggested a day of peace, and strongly advocated other women to stand up against the war. From this plea she was able to get Boston to recognize mothers on the second Sunday of June.
In the 1600s England, Mothering Sunday took place on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It began with a prayer service in honor of the virgin Mary. Afterward, children presented their moms with flowers.
One-fourth of all flowers purchased throughout the year are bought for Mother’s Day.
Studies and research now show that giving a bouquet of flowers has many positive health and psychological benefits.
In most of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
In the United States alone, about 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day.
Approximately $14 billion is spent on Mother’s Day.
In the former Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother’s Day. The only way she could get free was to pay her children with treats. (Don’t try this at home!)
Elizabeth Ann Buttle gives a whole new meaning to second family. She gave birth to her first child (a girl) on May 19,1956. Then when she was 60 years old, she gave birth to her son on November 20, 1997, making the babies 41 years, 185 days apart.