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Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re a mum we hope that you’ve been truly spoilt and have spent the day being pampered with your feet up. We thought that we’d do something a little different on today’s blog by sharing with you all some of our favourite Mother’s Day related facts and trivia.
Mother’s Day is the biggest flower buying day of the year in Britain, where sales of flowers increase an average of 70% on a normal day.
The roots of Mother’s Day go back as far as ancient Greece, where Greeks had an annual spring festival dedicated to the maternal Goddess; Rhea, mother of the Gods.
In the UK and Ireland, Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, meaning that it is on a different date every year.
Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days in the year for eating out, with restaurants booking up far in advance.
In America Mother’s Day was founded by Anna Jarvis, who first celebrated the holiday in 1907. Anna Jarvis later went on to protest against how commercialised it had become.
Carnations are the flowers typically associated with Mother’s Day. In Japan it is traditional to give your mother a red carnation.
In the UK around thirty million cards are sent on Mother’s Day.
Traditionally, the food most associated with Mothering Sunday is Simnel Cake; a fruit cake with a layer of almond paste on the top and in the middle. The cake is decorated with eleven balls of marzipan to represent the eleven disciples, minus Judas.
The oldest mother in the world was 70 year old Rajo Devi, who gave birth to her first child in 2008.
Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries around the world, but most are at different times of the year.