Enjoy these fun facts about Mother’s Day:
1. Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday in the world, behind only Christmas and Easter.
2. According to the Pew Research Center, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year.
3. Women purchase 80% of all Mother’s Day cards.
4. In what was formerly Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mothers on Mother’s Day. The only way she could be freed would be to “pay” her children with candy and treats.
5. Around one-quarter of all flowers purchased throughout the year are purchased for Mother’s Day.
6. Mother’s Day was intended to be a day to honor mothers individually and not collectively, thus the reason for the apostrophe before the “s” – making it singular possessive instead of plural possessive.
7. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for the restaurant industry with 62% of people dining out.
8.Carnations have a special meaning on Mother’s Day.
Anna Reeves Jarvis used the carnation on Mother’s Day to symbolize whether your mother was living. A red carnation meant she was, and a white meant she had passed.
9.Moms aren’t the only ones getting Mother’s Day love.
The average American buys 2.8 Mother’s Day cards, so most people are buying more than just one for their mom. Many people opt to buy Mother’s Day cards for grandmothers, sisters, and their mother-in-law.
10.Some countries still observe ancient festivals honoring mothers.
In India, people celebrate Durga-puja, a festival that pays homage to the mother goddess, Durga. A festival is a ten-day event that takes place around September or October.