Mothers Day in Ireland and the UK falls on Sunday 22 March. Many of us will choose to spoil mum with a beautiful bouquet of flowers so we thought we'd take a look at some of our most popular blooms and their meanings. But first let's take a look at how this occasion came into being.
Mothers Day History
The origins of honouring mothers and motherhood can be traced back to ancient times. The ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals celebrating the mother goddesses Cybele and Rhea.
The early Christian festival of Mothering Sunday honoured the " Mother Church" and not actual mothers. It took place on the fourth Sunday of Lent which remains the date for Mothers Day as we know it in Ireland, the UK and many parts of Europe.
In the US, Mothers Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and the origins of this holiday started back in the 19th century. Ann Reeves Jarvis was a pacifist who cared for soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. She began Mothers Day Clubs to educate mothers in caring for their children.
She died in 1905 and in 1908 her daughter Anna Jarvis held a memorial to her mother on the second Sunday in May. She campaigned to have this day of honouring mothers recognized as an official holiday. The holiday became official in 1914 and the rest as they say is history!
Today we celebrate and appreciate our mothers with cards, special dinners and Mothers Day gifts, the most popular being flowers.
Mothers Day Flowers & Their Meanings
While we all associate the classic red rose with romantic love, there are many meanings associated with different shades of the rose. Pink roses are said to represent gentleness, gracefulness and admiration.
Yellow roses symbolise friendship, joy and a caring nature. The perfect choice for all those special mums out there!
The lily is a big favourite for Mums everywhere and our Roses & Lilies Bouquet is by far the most popular choice when it comes to Mothers day presents. In China, the day lily is a symbol of motherhood. Other meanings associated with the lily include purity, beauty and majesty.
This most beautiful and elegant flower represents strength, love and of course beauty. In China it is a symbol of fertility and in ancient Greece it was believed the eating of certain orchid tubers by the man or the woman would determine whether the child would be a boy or a girl!
Gerbera daisies represent happiness and cheerfulness and are guaranteed to surprise and delight when they arrive on her doorstep in time for Mothers Day! Here we've coupled them with a bottle of personalised wine customised with the name of that very special mum and your own heartfelt message.
Don't forget Mothers Day is Sunday 22 March so why not get ahead of the crowds and order your Mothers Day flowers today? And if flowers aren't her thing then browse our full selection of Mothers Day gift ideas and show your love and appreciation for someone who does so much.
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