Mothers’ Day is meant to honor mothers and their influence in society, maternal bonds and motherhood, itself. In the United State and Canada, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. This year’s celebration is May 10. In other parts of the world, it is celebrated in March. Here are some additional fun facts you may not know:
- In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked both ‘Mother's Day' and ‘the second Sunday in May'. She also created Mother's Day International Association.
- Mother's Day became a recognized holiday in 1914 in the United States. The holiday was then adapted into many other countries.
- In the 1800s attempts were made to celebrate mothers in various parts of the U.S. but none of them reached beyond their local areas.
- Of all the flowers bought for holidays, one quarter are purchased for Mother's Day. Research has proven that there are actually health benefits to receiving flowers.
- Common gifts on Mother's Day include: flowers, dinner or lunch in a restaurant, jewelry, gift cards, clothing and treats such as a trip to a spa. Books, CDs, housewares and gardening tools are popular gifts as well.
- Mother's Day is often associated with Mothering Sunday, a Christian holiday. They are not related to each other.