I know the “official” timing to celebrate Mother’s Day is little off, but mothers really should be celebrated everyday, not just one day a year. Mother’s Day is celebrated in Australia, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, Russia, China, Thailand and America.
This trivia is for all mothers who work tirelessly for their children. I praise you all. Keep up the good work.
Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia decided thought that it would be a wonderful way to honor her deceased mother. Jarvis and friends began a letter-writing campaign to create a Mother’s Day observance. She asked that white carnations be the official mother’s day symbol. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders that made Mother’s Day a national holiday.
Nine years later, Anna filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop it’s over-commercialization. She lost her fight. Now, cards, letters, candy and dinners mark Mother’s Day for most families. Anna had hoped for a day of reflection and quiet prayer by families, thanking God for all that mothers had done.
In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
It is a tradition in China that family names often begin with a sign that means “mother.” It is a way of honoring their moms long past.
Japan’s Imperial family traces its descent from Omikami Amaterasu, the Mother of the World.
Ancient Greeks used to honor Rhea, “mother” of the gods with honey-cakes, fine drinks and flowers at dawn.
Hindu scripture credits the Great Mother, Kali Ma, with the invention of writing through alphabets, pictographs and beautiful sacred images.
Native American Indian women have long been honored with the name, “Life of the Nation” for their gift of motherhood to the tribes.
Buddha honored mothers when he said, “As a mother, even at the risk of her own life, loves and protects her child, so let a man cultivate love without measure toward the whole world.”
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Mrs. Vassilyev of Russia gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765. She had 4 sets of quadruplets, 7 sets of triplets and 16 sets of twins.
In 1955, Signora Carmelina Fedele gave birth to the heaviest infant, a 22 lb 8 oz boy in Italy.
The oldest mother on record is Rosanna Dalla Corte who gave birth to a baby boy in 1994 when she was 63 years old.
Mother Goose is one of the most popular of all children’s entertainers. Her books and stories have been loved for many generations.
During the 1600’s, England celebrated a day called “Mothering Sunday.” Servants would go home to see their families, bringing cakes and sweets to their moms. This custom was called “going a-mothering.” Each mother would receive a simnel-cake (Latin for “fine flour”) and mothers would give a blessing to their children.
In Europe, people on Mother’s Day honor their mothers as well as the church. They respect the “Mother Church”- the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. The church festival got blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration.
In Yugoslavia on “Materitse,” or Mother’s Day, the children tie up their mother, releasing her only when she has paid them with sweets or other goodies.
In France Mother’s Day is referred to as Fete des Meres. It provides children and adults to honor their mothers and give her gifts and treats. Mother’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in May. It is treated more like a family birthday where everyone in the family gathers for a special meal.
In Spain Mother’s Day is celebrated on 8th December. It is closely associated with Mother Mary. Children send special cards, chocolates, flowers and other presents to their mothers and many children make their own presents for their mothers.
In Sweden Mother’s Day is on the last Sunday in May and is a family holiday. The Swedish Red Cross sells small plastic flowers on the days leading up to Mother’s Day. The money raised from the sale of the flowers is used to help needy mothers and their children.