Mother’s Day facts

The earliest Mother’s Day celebration dates back to ancient Greece. They celebrated this day by honouring Rhea ‘mother of the gods’ with honey-cake, flowers and drinks at dawn.

Ancient Egyptians celebrated this day by honouring the goddess Isis, who was known as ‘mother of pharaohs.’

It is a tradition in China that family names often begin with a sign that means “mother”. It is a nice way of honouring their moms long past.

In United Kingdom and Ireland, Mother’s Day is called Mothering Sunday. It is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, or three weeks before Easter Sunday.

In the Bible, Eve is credited with being the “Mother of All the Living.”

Originally, Mother’s Day was a day of silent prayers and remembrance. But with time, the day became over commercialized. Anna filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop the over-commercialization of Mother’s Day however, she failed. Today, cards, gifts and dinners are an integral part of Mother’s Day celebration.

Interestingly, in most languages, the word for mother begins with the letter M.

Buddha honoured 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.”

The wife of Russian Fedor Vassilyev is credited by the 1997 Guinness Book of Records as having given birth to most children. She delivered 69 children, which included 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets.

500 years ago, Mother Shipton who was a prophetess in Britain predicted that another Queen Elizabeth would sit on England’s Throne.

Carnations are the flowers associated with Mother’s Day. White carnations are worn in the memory of deceased mothers. Whereas, red carnations are for those mothers who are alive.

In Yugoslavia, Mother’s Day is known as ‘Materitse’, ‘Materice’. On this day, there a strange tradition of children tying up their mother, setting them free only when she gives them sweets and gifts.

Julia Ward Howe, a staunch advocate for women rights wrote ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic.’ She staged an unusual peace protest in Boston by celebrating a special day for mothers. By pointing out to mothers who were left alone in the world after the bloody Franco-Prussian War, Julia wanted to give message of need for peace.

World’s youngest mother is Lina Medina, who delivered a 6½-pound boy in Lima, Peru in 1939, at an age of 5 years and 7 months.

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