Mother’s Day 2014 is right around the corner. To get ready for the all-important holiday that pays tribute to moms everywhere, here are some fun facts about Mother’s Day and events in Atlanta. Throughout the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days, but most commonly in the springtime. In the United Stated, Mother’s Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May. In 2014, the date of Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11.
Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be a difficult job. To make your own gift memorable, look at mom’s lifestyle. If she’s a busy mom on-the-move and the ultimate multi-tasker, give her a gift that helps her make the most of her rare down time. Does she like to garden? Then, a basket filled with tools, bulbs, seeds and more would be a sure-fire hit. Just match the gift to her hobbies or interests for a personal touch.
Mother’s Day Fun Facts
- Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday, after Christmas and Easter.
- Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time. For a list of Mother’s Day brunches in and around Atlanta, head to OpenTable.com.
- There are more phone calls made on Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year. An AT&T survey estimated that 122.5 million phone calls to mom are made every Mother’s Day. Collect calls are more common on Father’s Day than on Mother’s Day.
- There are 84 million moms in the United States.
- Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.
- Anna Jarvis is the force behind Mother’s Day. In 1908, she organized the first Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in West Virginia. She later denounced the holiday when it became too commercialized.
- At times, Mother’s Day has also been a date for launching political or feminist causes. In 1968, Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr., used Mother’s Day to host a march in support of underprivileged women and children. In the 1970s, women’s groups also used the holiday as a time to highlight the need for equal rights and access to childcare.
- Mother’s Day (not Mothers’ Day) is the proper name of the holiday to honor each individual’s mother.
- 69% of all Mother’s Day gifts given are flowers. Sons and daughters spend $1.9 billion annually on flowers for mom.
- According to Hallmark, 133 million Mother’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making it the third-largest card-selling holiday.
- There are approximately two billion mothers in the world, with four babies born every second.
- Chinese family names are often formed (begin) with a sign that means "mother." It's a nice way of honoring their moms long past.
- Some tribes of people, like the Assam in Africa, don't call themselves families. They call themselves "maharis" or "motherhoods.”
- August is the most popular month for having babies.
Mother’s Day Events in Atlanta in 2014
According to Access Atlanta, there are 55 Mother’s Day events planned in and around Atlanta in 2014. Below are a few of the biggest and best.
Mother’s Day with the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field
Treat mom to a beautiful day at the park filled with love and Braves baseball (against the Chicago Cubs). It’s also Alumni Sunday and Kids Run the Bases Day. Head to Stub Hub to purchase tickets online.
Sunday, May 11 at 1:35 p.m. at Turner Field.
Mother’s Day at Imagine It Children’s Museum
Join the Imaginators as they tell a story about what NOT to give your mom on Mother’s Day. Afterwards, kids can make a beautiful birdhouse for mom. The event is geared towards children 8 and under. Click here for more information.
Saturday, May 10 at 12 noon and 3 p.m. at Imagine It.
1st Annual Mommy & Me Mother’s Day Tea
Enjoy a catered light brunch, mommy & me facials, makeovers, a dress-up session and tea party. Includes a keepsake photo package. Pre-registration is required and a limited number of tickets are available. Call (404) 908-9073 for reservations and ticket prices.
Sunday, May 11 from 2-4 p.m. at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room in Johns Creek.
Mother’s Day at Zoo Atlanta
Moms enjoy free admission with the purchase of any full price child’s or adult’s admission ticket. For more information, go to the Zoo Atlanta website.
Sunday, May 11 only.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Georgia Aquarium
Treat mom to a decadent brunch by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Whale sharks, manta rays and beluga whales provide a memorable backdrop as guests dine in the Aquarium's breathtaking Oceans Ballroom. Entry for this event will be through the main entrance. Seating will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. To purchase tickets, click here.
Sunday, May 11, 2014.
Mother’s Day Open House at Barrington Hall
This historical site in Roswell boasts the only antebellum garden open to the public. Admission is free all day on Sunday, May 11, but guests are asked to bring a can of food for donation to a local shelter. For directions and more information, head to the City of Roswell website.
Sunday, May 11 from 1-4 p.m.