Being a mother is wonderful. Read more to find some interesting facts, trivia, and traditions associated with mother's day.
Mother's Day Trivia
Mother's Day is the day to make your mother feel how special she is. Stevie aptly said, "Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love." Mother's Day is the day to acknowledge a mother's unconditional love, support and the efforts she puts in raising her kids. This day is celebrated across the globe though dates and style of celebrations differ from country to country. However, did you know that there are many little known facts, trivia and traditions associated with Mother's Day? Here is a collection of some of the interesting Mother's Day trivia. You can amaze your mother and friends by sharing some amazing facts with them. They are best suited for Mother's Day quiz or games, and will add a great fun to your Mother's Day celebrations.
Mother's Day Facts
- The earliest Mother's Day celebration dates back to ancient Greece. They celebrated this day by honoring Rhea 'mother of the gods' with honey-cake, flowers and drinks at dawn.
- Ancient Egyptians celebrated this day by honoring 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 honoring 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 honored 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.
- Jayne Bleackley holds the record for the shortest interval between two children born in separate confinements. She gave birth to Joseph Robert on September 3, 1999, and 208 days later on March 30, 2000 she gave birth to Annie Jessica Joyce.
- 500 years ago, Mother Shipton who was a Prophetess in Britain predicted that another Queen Elizabeth would sit on England's Throne (QE II).
- 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.
With the above-mentioned trivia, you can organize a mother's day quiz that will certainly add greater fun to the celebrations.