In celebration of Mother’s Day, we provide some fun facts, origin, and gift-giving options to treat your mom to our gourmet popcorn flavors. Every Mother’s Day celebration should include her favorite popcorn flavor!
What are the origins of Mother’s Day
Honoring mothers can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Their rituals included festivals to honor their mythical mother goddesses. Ultimately, the more modern-day celebration has its roots in the United Kingdom. A day called “Mothering Sunday.” This was because it was a religious holiday where Christians were to go to the mother church, the main church closest to their home, to gather and pray.
Eventually, this English holiday became more secular and included gifts of flowers and other trinkets to show appreciation to mothers. In the 1930s, it took a cue from the Americans and became the Mother’s Day we know today. Gift giving options are plentiful at My Popcorn Kitchen where we offer over sixty gourmet flavors.
Who started this holiday in the U.S.
The idea for an official Mother’s Day holiday began with Anna Jarvis. Specifically, she wanted a day to honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children. Therefore, she organized the first official celebration at her church in Grafton, WV in May 1908. Because of her persistence, the movement to make Mother’s Day a national holiday came to fruition. Ultimately, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
What is an interesting fact about Mother’s Day
- Honoring mothers began as an anti-war movement. Julie Ward Howe, who penned “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” rallied for a Mother’s Peace Day in 1872. As a result, it promoted unity and peace after the horrors of the American Civil war. Anna Jarvis’ mother was part of this movement
- Mexico celebrates mom’s special day on a specific date – May 10
- More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year
- This holiday honoring mothers predates women’s right to vote in the U.S. The 19th amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920
- Mother’s Day is the most popular holiday of the entire year to dine out, according to the National Restaurant Association
- In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M. German: mutter; Spanish and Italian: madre; French: mère; Dutch: moeder; Burmese: mihkain; Hindi: maan; Chinese: mǔqīn; Portuguese: mãe; Bengali: mā; Russian and Swahili: mama; Punjabi: Mātā jī
- Exceptions: Arabic: ‘Um; Japanese: haha; Amharic: inati
- The white carnation, the favorite flower of Anna Jarvis’ mother, was the original flower of Mother’s Day
Are you ready to celebrate now that you know fun facts about Mother’s Day, the origin, and why we celebrate? Shop our gourmet popcorn flavors to celebrate mom on her special day! Remember, we’re closed on Sunday, so be sure to stop in on Friday or Saturday!