Unless you are over 200 years old, you are probably accustomed to celebrating Mother’s Day every year. A special occasion where we get to treat our terrific Mommies to all the love that they so deserve, it may surprise you to learn that a long, long time ago (in the 1800s to be exact), there was no such event for these special women.
Mum’s the Word: The History Behind Mother’s Day
Though there was no national day of celebration, there was an early form of Mother’s Day in the US a long time ago. Mostly recognized by women’s peace groups, this early activity gathered together mothers whose sons had served or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. These local celebrations continued into the 1870s and the 1880s, but did not expand into a national celebration.
Then, in 1868 a woman named Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day.” The committee’s purpose was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War” and Jarvis wanted to expand it into an annual memorial for mothers. Unfortunately, in 1905 before the celebration became popular, Ann passed away; leaving her daughter Anna Jarvis to continue her efforts.
As Anna rallied the country in her efforts, the need to celebrate mothers was growing through other people too. Specifically, Julia Howe, the brains behind The Battle Hymn of the Republic, organized a “Mother’s Day” antiwar observance in New York City on June 2nd, 1872. The observance continued in Boston for about 10 years under Howe’s personal sponsorship before losing momentum. It is rumored that she had hoped to convert July 4th, America’s Independence Day into Mother’s Day.
Finally, with the help of supporters, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the orders to make Mother’s Day a national holiday in the United States. Largely influenced by the continued efforts of Anna Jarvis, it was she who asked Wilson to make white carnations the official Mother’s Day symbol.
Mother’s Day Around The World Today
Today Mother’s Day is celebrated in almost 50 countries around the world, though on different days varying from region to region. Despite the different dates, the testament is the same everywhere; Mother’s Day is internationally recognized as the day to honor all mothers and to thank them for not only the love they give, but the sacrifices they make that benefit their own children and consequently society too.
The traditions surrounding the celebration vary from country to country, but to give you an idea, here are a few ways people celebrate Mother’s Day around the world:
- In France, Mother’s Day is referred to as la fête des Mères. It is celebrated on the last Sunday in May and is treated more like a family birthday. Families gather for a special meal just for Mom.
- 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 and the money raised is used to help needy mothers and their children.
- In Yugoslavia on “Materitse,” “Materice,” or Mother’s Day, the children tie up their mother, releasing her only when she has paid them to do so with sweets or other goodies.
Interesting Mother’s Day Facts:
- An AT&T survey estimated that 122.5 million phone calls to Mom are made on Mother’s Day.
- The carnation is the flower most often associated with Mother’s Day. Red and pink carnations are for moms who are still living, and white carnations for mothers that have passed away.
- 50% of households give Mother’s Day cards, totaling some 152 million cards.
- There are roughly 2 billion mothers in the world (82.5 million are in the US).
- The Average age of new moms is 25, vs. 21 in 1970.
- Most moms change their baby’s diapers 7,300 times by its 2nd birthday.
- On average, Moms take 2 minutes and 5 seconds to change diapers, versus the 1 minute and 36 seconds it takes for Dads.
- A preschooler requires Moms attention once every 4 minutes or 210 times per day.
- The mom who had the most children was Mrs. Vassilyev of Russia who gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765.
- The world’s oldest mom was Rosanna Dalla Corte who gave birth to a baby boy when she was 63 years old in Italy in 1994.
- The mom who gave birth to the heaviest baby was Signora Carmelina Fedele who gave birth to a 22 lb 8 oz boy in Italy in 1955.
- The average middle-income family spends $242,070 to raise a kid to the age of 18 (not including college!).
So Mom Is Very Special; What Are You Going to Do for Her on Mother’s Day?
While traditionally flowers are the most common gift for Mother’s day, we think that the woman who spent countless hours changing your diapers deserves something a little more special – and that’s where The Sutton Place Hotels can help.
Our Edmonton and Vancouver locations are pleased to offer the famed ‘Mother’s Day Brunch’ — long-standing traditions in both cities. Featuring delicious items ranging from the fresh and healthy to the hearty and decadent, the Brunch Buffet includes specially created dishes like slow roasted Prime Rib, made-to-order omelets and an array of chocolates, pastries and cakes. What mom wouldn’t love that?
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Alternatively, if you would rather pamper mom, then treat her to a mini ‘Girl’s Getaway’ at one of our properties. Indulge in a spa treatment at either Eveline Charles Spa (Edmonton) or Vida Spa (Vancouver), and let her relax, unwind and feel like the special woman she really is.
And there you have it. We hope your Mother’s Day celebration is a MOMentus occasion for everyone!