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Mother's Day - A World Wide Celebration
earliest celebration honouring mothers dates back to the annual
spring festival of ancient Greece dedicated to Rhea, the Mother
of the Gods.
would pay tribute with honey-cakes and fine drinks and flowers
Continuing this tradition, Mother's Day is still the
biggest flower-buying day in the year in Britain: each year
sales increase by an average of 70% on a normal day's trading.
More cut flowers and houseplants are bought for our mums than
on Valentine's Day for our partners!
over £85 million on floral gifts for this day, following
in a long tradition of presenting our mothers with sweet-smelling
fresh seasonal flowers.
In the UK,
Mother's day is celebrated on the 4th Sunday in Lent, but in
other countries around the world, it is celebrated at different
In Europe most countries honor their mothers on the
second Sunday in May as do the Americans. May 10th is the day
dedicated to mothers in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries.
Many of these countries also use flowers to celebrate:
In Canada and the US, the traditional Mother's Day flower is a carnation, either pink carnations given to mothers to represent love for them, or white carnations worn in respect for those mothers who are no longer living.
Spring flowers are also strongly associated with Mothers Day - choose from flowers such as tulips, scented narcissi and daffodils for an authentic mother's day bouquet.
do spare a thought for the mothers of Yugoslavia: On
the second Sunday before Christmas, children creep in and tie
their mother's feet to a chair, shouting 'Mother's Day, Mother's
Day, what will you pay to get away?' Surprisingly, she then
gives them presents!
Flowers & Plants Association, UK
also see -> Mother's
Day Fun Facts