10 Fun Facts about Mother’s Day from Around the World

10 Fun Facts about Mother’s Day from Around the World

Posted by Hawaiian Isles on 5/3/2018 to Hawaii Holidays
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Hau'oli makuahine hanau!

(Happy Mother's Day)

Everyone knows that we celebrate our moms on the second Sunday of May, and that it's a special holiday to honor and appreciate the one who does it all for the ohana (family). But Mother's Day has a long and interesting history that most people are unaware of.

Here is our top 10 list of Mother's Day facts that might surprise you.

1) The history of mothers and motherhood celebrations has been traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Festivals were held in honor of their respective mother goddesses, Rhea and Cybele.

2) A copywriter named Anna Jarvis sparked America’s incarnation of Mother’s Day in 1908. By 1912, numerous towns, churches and states had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday. She intended it to be a day to honor mothers individually, thus the apostrophe before the “s” instead of after. Anna, the holiday’s staunch supporter who remained unmarried and childless her entire life, eventually had a change of heart as Mother's Day became commercialized and tried to have it removed from the calendar.

3) President Woodrow Wilson is considered the “father” of Mother’s Day for signing a proclamation on May 9, 1914. It declared the second Sunday of May as “a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

4) More telephone calls (an estimated 122 million in the U.S. alone!) are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with Mom have been known to cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.

5) In the majority of the world’s languages, the word for “Mother” begins with the letter M.

6) Here’s a twist on our Mother’s Day traditions. In what was formerly Yugoslavia, children would tie up their mother on Mother’s Day. The only way Mom could free herself was by paying her children with treats!

7) Today’s modern mother has an average family size of two children, while mothers in the 1950s had an average of three to five kids. In the 1700s, women gave birth to an average of 7-10 offspring. We’re sure the latter would have loved a cup of Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee to jumpstart her day!

8) Hawaii’s most massive mothers are Humpback Whales who swim 3,000+ miles from the Gulf of Alaska to Hawaii (while pregnant with a calf that weighs about a ton) so they can give birth and bask in our warm waters each year between December and April. Other than a few stragglers, these marvels leave the islands shortly before Mother’s Day.

9) In the Hawaiian language, “Happy Mother’s Day” translates to “Hau'oli makuahine hanau.”

10) Among the Hawaiian words relating to the ohana (family, relative, kin group) are makuahine (mother), mama (mommy), makuakane (father), hapai (pregnant), hanau (give birth), hoahanau (first born child), muliloa (last born child), malama (take care of), moopuna (grandchild), tutu (grandfather, grandmother), hoahanau (cousin) and lehua (beloved friend or relative).

Three bags of Kona Coffee.
One Happy Mother's Day!

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We hope you enjoyed our little taste of Aloha! If you ever have any questions or story ideas, please e-mail us at mailorder@hawaiianisles.com!


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