April showers have made way for May flowers. As we all know it’s the second weekend in May, which means Mother’s Day is this Sunday. It can be a stressful time for many of us who are trying to find the right gift or plan the perfect day out. As much as we love our mothers they can be hard to please. So, why not try to impress her this year with your knowledge of facts about Mother’s Day.
In Greek mythology spring festivals were held in honor of the maternal goddess called, Rhea. She was the wife of Cronus and was believed to be the mother of many deities.
In the 1600’s England, Mothering Sunday took place on the 4th Sunday of Lent. It began with a prayer service in honour of the Virgin Mary. Afterwards, children would present their moms with flowers.
Mother’s Day sees around one quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year.
Studies and research now show that giving a bouquet of flowers has many positive health and psychological benefits.
In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
In the United States alone, around 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day.
In what was formerly Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother’s Day. The only way she could get free would be to pay her children with treats.
The oldest woman to deliver a baby was recorded on April 9, 2003. Her name is, Satyabhama Mahapatra; she is a 65-year-old retired schoolteacher in India. She gave birth to a baby boy, her first child after 50 years of marriage. However, the eggs were donated by her 26 year-old niece.
The shortest span between two babies is by mom, Jayne Bleackley. She gave birth to her son on September 3, 1999. Then only 208 days later gave birth to her daughter (on March 30, 2000).
Consumers purchase an average of 2.8 Mother’s Day cards.