5 interesting facts about Mother's Day

3. The carnations connection

A common floral theme for Mother's Day is that of the carnation. The tradition of wearing carnations as part of the American holiday goes all the way back to its origins.


"Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother's Day, for the first time, sent 500 white carnations to the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia," explained The Flower Expert.

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"She wanted the flowers to be distributed among the mothers. Then onwards, it has become a tradition to gift flowers on Mother's Day as a token of thanks for all her love and care."

Traditionally the color of the carnation was meant to hold significance. Wearing a pink carnation symbolized having a living mother while wearing a white carnation meant one's mother had passed.

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