The Mother's Day Quiz

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What day in May is Mother's Day observed in the U.S.?

In the U.S., Mother's Day is observed annually on the second Sunday in May.

Who created the American tradition of Mother's Day?

Anna Jarvis was the founder of the American version of Mother's Day in 1908.

True or false: The founder of the contemporary version of Mother's Day never had children.

Anna Jarvis, the founder of the Mother's Day in the U.S., eschewed marriage and did not have children.

When was Mother's Day first observed in the U.S.?

Anna Jarvis successfully petitioned her church to hold the first Mother's Day service on May 10, 1908.

Which flower represents Mother's Day?

Carnations are the traditional flower of Mother's Day. Initially, Anna Jarvis selected white carnations for the holiday because they were her mother's favorite flower. Today white carnations are used to honor deceased mothers, while pink or red flowers are given to mothers who are still alive.

What is the average number of children that American mothers have?

According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of children born per mother (total fertility rate) in the U.S. is 2.01. The global average is slightly higher at 2.43 children born per mother.

Which U.S. President officially established Mother's Day?

On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May each year as Mother's Day.

What day of the week has the highest birth rate in the U.S.?

Most babies are born in the U.S. on Tuesday. The day of the week with the second highest birth rate is Thursday.

Which two states were first to observe Mother's Day?

The first two states to observe Mother's Day were Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Which month has the highest birth rate in the U.S.?

August is the month with the highest birth rate in the U.S., followed by July in second place and October in third.

Mother's Day accounts for what percentage of annual flower purchases?

Of all the flowers purchased throughout the year, consumers buy approximately 25 percent on Mother's Day.

How many babies are born to U.S. mothers each year?

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. mothers give birth to 3.9 million babies every year.

Where did Anna Jarvis attend the first Mother's Day celebration?

Anna Jarvis attended the first Mother's Day celebration at Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. The church was later incorporated into the International Mother's Day Shrine and became a National Historic Landmark in 1992.

True or false: Mother's Day is the second busiest day of the year for phone calls.

More telephone calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year. Calling home to Mom increases U.S. phone traffic by as much as 37 percent.

Which Philadelphia department store owner financed the first Mother's Day celebration?

Anna Jarvis convinced John Wanamaker, a Philadelphia department store owner, to finance the first Mother's Day celebration.

How many Americans are expected to take Mom out to eat on Mother's Day?

Around 80 million Americans per year take their mothers out to eat on Mother's Day. According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for the industry.

At what average age do American women become first-time mothers?

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average age of American women at the time of their first birth is 26.3.

In the United Kingdom, which holiday was the precursor to the contemporary version of Mother's Day?

Mothering Sunday was the precursor for the modern Mother's Day in Great Britain. The holiday was observed on the fourth Sunday of Lent until waning in popularity in the early 1900s. Today, Mother's Day in the U.K. is celebrated much like the American holiday.

Which American suffragette campaigned for Mother's Peace Day in 1873?

Julia Ward Howe, suffragette and author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," campaigned for the establishment of Mother's Peace Day in 1873. In the wake of the Civil War, Howe called on all mothers to promote peace and celebrate motherhood.

True or false: In the area that was once Yugoslavia, children tie up their mothers on Mother's Day.

On Mother's Day, children tie up their mothers until the women pay for their release with candy and treats.

The oldest known woman to give birth did so at what age?

On April 9, 2003, Satyabhama Mahapatra gave birth to her first child at the age of 65.

How many mothers are there in the U.S.?

There are approximately 85.4 million mothers in the United States.

This mother was married to a U.S. president and became the mother of a U.S. president.

Abigail Adams was married to John Adams, the second president of the United States, and was the mother of John Quincy Adams, the nation's sixth president.

What is the average dollar amount Americans spend on mom for Mother's Day?

Americans will spend an average of $168.94 on Mom for Mother's Day.

Which mother was a two-time Nobel Prize winner and the mother of a Nobel Prize winner?

Marie Curie was the first person to be awarded a second Nobel Prize and the only Nobel Prize winner who was also the mother of a Nobel Prize winner.

What is the total dollar amount that Americans spend on Mother's Day?

Americans spend a total of $20 million to celebrate each Mother's Day.

Which mammalian mother carries her unborn young for 22 months?

Elephant mothers carry their unborn young for 22 months, the longest gestation of any mammal.

Which mammalian mother has the shortest gestational period?

The American opossum has a gestation period of only 12 to 13 days, the shortest of all mammals.

True or false: In her later years, Anna Jarvis worked to have Mother's Day repealed.

By 1920, Anna Jarvis had become disillusioned by the commercialization of Mother's Day and lobbied to have the holiday repealed. Jarvis spoke out against the exploitation of the holiday by the flower industry.

Who anonymously paid for the care of Anna Jarvis at the end of her life?

The Florist's Exchange anonymously paid for the care of Anna Jarvis at the end of her life. Jarvis died in 1948 and was buried next to her mother in West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.

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