Mother’s Day Fun Facts

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Mother's Day Fun Facts

In honor of Mother’s Day, we have a compiled a list from around the web of Mother’s Day Fun Facts – a fun way to show our appreciation to all mothers, everywhere.

Mother’s Day Fun Facts:

  • The Mother’s Day holiday was first conceived by an American woman named Anna Jarvis in 1907, but didn’t become an official holiday until 1914 under President Woodrow Wilson.
  • Mother’s Day became an official national holiday in the United States in 1914, making Mother’s Day 2014 the 100th official observance.
  • Mother’s Day is celebrated in 43 countries around the world.
  • Mother’s Day is officially designated the 2nd Sunday in May, rather than on a fixed calendar day.
  • Mothers secrete large amounts of a hormone called “oxytocin” during childbirth, which is responsible for the feeling of love a mother has for her offspring.
  • Although different languages have different words for “mother”, all of them start with the letter “M”.
  • Mother’s Day ranks as the third most popular holiday in the world, after Christmas and Easter.
  • In Nepal, to honor mothers who have died, it is the tradition to go on a pilgrimage to the Mata Tirtha ponds. Many tragic folklore legends have been created, suggesting different reasons why this pond became a pilgrimage site. The most popular version says that, in ancient times, the mother of a shepherd died, and he made offerings to a nearby pond. There he saw the face of his mother in the water, with her hand taking the offerings. Since then, many people visited the pond, hoping to see their deceased mother’s face. Pilgrims believe that they will bring peace to their mother’s souls by visiting.
Mother's Day Fun Facts

Nepalese Mother and Daughter, Source:

  • Maria del Carmen Bousada Lara from Spain gave birth to twin boys when she was 66 years old on December 29th, 2006, making her the world’s oldest birth-mother. On Mother’s Day 2007, she was presented with a solid chocolate rocking chair.
  • The most popular gift-flower on Mother’s Day is the red carnation.
  • The Nazi government in Germany used to present an award called the Mother’s Cross on Mother’s Day to encourage women to have more children.
  • In Paraguay, Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 15th, the Independence Day of the country. A petition is underway to change the date of Mother’s Day, as it actually overshadows the Independence Day.
  • The average number of children born to women over a lifetime in the US is 2.03.
  • On average, 43,000 births each year in the US occur someplace other than a hospital
  • Many of the sweaters worn by Mr. Rogers on the popular television show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, were actually knitted by his real mother.
  • Mother’s Day is the largest card-sending day of the year.
  • In Ethiopia, Mother’s Day is celebrated by having mothers anoint themselves with butter.
  • According to the most recent census, there are 85.4 million mothers in the United States.
  • Many ex-communist countries, including Russia and Kazakhstan, commonly celebrate the more socialist-leaning “International Women’s Day” rather than the more capitalist “Mother’s Day.” Other countries, such as Ukraine, celebrate both holidays.
Mother's Day Fun Facts

Soviet-era poster for International Women’s Day

  • In 1917, demonstrations marking International Women’s Day in Saint Petersburg, Russia on the last Sunday in February initiated the February Revolution. Following the October Revolution later that year, the Bolshevik Alexandra Kollontai persuaded Vladimir Lenin to make it an official holiday in the Soviet Union.
  • Mother’s Day in Israel was set as the same date that Henrietta Szold died. Henrietta had no biological children, but her organization Youth Aliyah rescued many Jewish children from Nazi Germany and championed children’s rights. Szold is considered the “mother” of all those children, and that is why her annual remembrance day was set as Mother’s Day.
  • In Iran, Mother’s Day is the birthday anniversary of Fatimah, Prophet Muhammad’s only daughter according to Shia Islam orthodoxy. Mother’s Day was originally observed on 16 December but the date was changed after the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The celebration is both Women’s Day (replacing International Women’s Day) and Mother’s Day.
  • There are approximately 2 billion mothers in the world, with 4 babies born each second.


Mother's Day Fun Facts

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