Celebrate Mom!

carnation-143188_960_720May is a busy month for celebrations: proms, graduations, Memorial day, and moms.  Mother’s Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in the month of May. It’s a day that recognizes mothers or mother figures: grandma, great-grandma, step mothers,  and foster mothers.

Today Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries. While the origin of Mother’s day started with the ancient  Greeks and Romans, in the UK  they celebrated Mothering Sunday.

Ann Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mothers Day in the US. even though she was never married nor a mother. She got the idea of honoring mothers from her mother, Anna Jarvis who was a social worker/activist  who desired to honor all mothers living or dead, paying tribute to the contributions they made. Carnations were her mom’s favorite  because Mother Jarvis thought they  symbolized a mother’s pure love.  Today a red carnation worn symbolizes a living mother and a white  carnation symbolizes a deceased mother. On May 8, 1914 President  Wilson  signed a  resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Did you know that more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year?  These holiday chats with mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent according to reports on history.com.

How will you honor your mom or that person in your life who has been a mother figure? You could give her flowers, dinner, cards, chocolates, a large family gathering,  a day at the spa or a phone call. Stores and some business will operate just as they are on any other Sunday, but you might want to make that dinner reservation  in advance, instead of just showing up. Be as creative as you like, just  don’t  forget to show your love and appreciation.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Ohio Lottery !

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