Mother’s Day is around the corner and now is as good a time as any to start thinking about her day and how you will help Mom celebrate. This month our ‘Did You Know’ blog features some fantastic facts about the day in which we honor Mothers around the world. After learning these interesting facts that you can share with Mom, don’t forget to book your cabin in Branson for a fun-filled Mother’s Day weekend she’ll always remember.
Have you every wondered where Mother’s Day got started. Well, it has a long history from all over the world.
In Greek mythology, spring festivals were often to honor maternal goddesses such as Rhea, believed to be the mother of many deities.
In the former Yugoslavia children would play with their mothers on Mother’s Day by tying them up. The only way for Mom to get free was to pay the kids off with treats. We doubt that a Mother came up with this tradition!
In 1600s England, Mother’s Day (also known as Mothering Sunday) was held on the 4th Sunday of Lent. It was celebrated with a prayer service honoring the Virgin Mary and then children would give their Mothers flowers. To this day, Mothering Sunday in the UK is held much earlier than in other places in the world, usually sometime in early to mid-March.
Anna Jarvis may have been behind the traditional Mother’s Day celebrations as well. While she never had children of her own, she continued her own campaign to have a day reserved solely for mothers. She worked tirelessly on the cause and on May 8th, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution which made the second Sunday each May dedicated to Mother’s Day. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, had also campaigned to have a day of celebration for mother’s, mainly aimed at a day to reunite families following the Civil War. She had started a committee in 1868 to help bring about ‘Mother’s Friendship Day’. Anna unfortunately passed away in 1905, before Mother’s Day became a recognised holiday.
Flowers & Phone Calls
One quarter of all flowers purchased in an entire calendar year are purchased on Mother’s Day. Other gifts that have become popular on Mother’s Day include cards, breakfast in bed and/or dining out at a restaurant. trips to a spa, and jewellery.
Over one hundred million phone calls are made to Moms on Mother’s Day. That’s just in the United States alone.
Just remember, you can call anywhere in the US and Canada for free from the phones in our Branson cabins. Take mom on a trip she’ll never forget!