Strange and bizarre Mother’s Day trivia

With all the celebrations around Mother’s Day (and a huge Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, including my own!), I ran across some fascinating (and incredibly odd) Mother’s Day facts and trivia that I found really interesting!

  • The first modern version of Mother’s Day appears to be celebrated in England during the 1600s. Known as ‘Mothering Sunday’, on this day servants would be allowed to return to their homes to see their families and bring treats for their mothers. When they went ‘a-mothering’ (as it was called), they were to bring a special cake for their mothers and their mothers, in turn, would provide them with a blessing.
  • Now celebrated in more than 46 countries around the world, only some choose to celebrate Mother’s Day on the 2nd Sunday in May (including Canada and the United States.
  • In South Africa, on Mother’s Day it is the custom to wear a red carnation if your mother is still living and a white carnation if your mother has died.
  • In the US, Mother’s Day was originally started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their
    sons.
  • Anna Jarvis, the woman who founded modern-day Mother’s Day celebrations in the United States in the 20th century actually filed a lawsuit to squelch the commercialism of Mother’s Day in 1923 (she lost)
  • though she founded Mother’s Day in the US, Anna Jarvis never had any children of her own.

My own favourite strange (and, in this case wonderful) fact related to mothers and Mother’s Day? Many of the sweaters worn by Mr. Rogers on the popular television show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, were actually knitted by his real mother! Thanks for the memories Mrs. Rogers! 🙂

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