Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the person , as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Mother’s Day is steeped in tradition. Although, others may view it as “just another Holiday” it is one of those events that we should all stop and take notice of the special woman or women in our lives that have been there for us through thick and thin.
1. In 250 B.C. ancient Romans celebrated a spring festival called, Hilaria. This was dedicated to a mother goddess named, Cybele, on the Ides of March. Her followers would make offerings at the temple, hold parades, play games and also have masquerades. It lasted three days.
2. In Greek mythology spring festivals were held in honor of the maternal goddess called, Rhea. She was believed to be the mother of many deities. She was also the wife of Cronus.ays.
3. Anna Marie Jarvis was the founder of the Mother’s Day holiday in the United States. Anna never had any children, but wanted to carry out Mary Towles Sasseen’s wish, her own mother of having a day just for moms. Anna tirelessly campaigned and on May 8th, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
4. Research shows that giving a bouquet of flowers has many positive health and psychological benefits.
5. Carnations are very popular flowers for Mother’s Day and are thought to be made from the tears of Jesus’ mother (Mary) when she wept at his feet the day He was crucified.
6. Red and pink carnations are given to those mothers that are still alive, while white ones are for those that have passed away.
7. What are you getting your mother this Mother’s Day? Common gifts include: flowers, cards, restaurants, jewelry, gift cards, clothing, books, CDs, housewares and even gardening tools.
8. Approximately between $14 – $18 billion dollars is spent on Mother’s Day.
9. Considering all the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M..
10. Elizabeth Ann Buttle had two kids. She gave birth to her first child named Belinda on May 19,1956. Then when she was 60 years-old, she gave birth to her son named Joseph on November 20, 1997, making the babies 41 years 185 days apart. It is the longest interval between births ever.
11. After waiting more than 40 years for her first child, indian Rajo Devi Lohan gave birth in November 2008, at the age of 70.
12. Bobbie McCaughey had septuplets,four boys and three girls – on November 19, 1997. The babies were born via C-section after 31 weeks.
14. Jayne Bleackley. She gave birth to her son named Joseph Robert on September 3, 1999. Then only 208 days later gave birth to her daughter named Annie Jessica Joyce on March 30, 2000. It’s the shortest span between two babies by a mom.
15. In 1939 in Lima, Peru, Lina Medina is the youngest mother on record delivered a baby boy by C-section. She was only 5 years-old, seven months and 21 days. The baby was raised as her brother.