Flowers are universal
Flowers are one of the most widespread Mother’s Day traditions around the globe. But some cultures favor certain blooms over others. In Thailand, it’s jasmine, a symbol of purity and unconditional love. Lilies, a classic symbol of springtime, are hugely popular in France. Japanese mothers often receive carnations, sturdy flowers that highlight moms’ strength. Carnations, especially white ones, are traditional Mother’s Day bouquets in the United States, too. Anna Jarvis, who’s generally considered the founder of the American holiday in the early 1900s, chose carnations as the official Mother’s Day bloom. Not only were they her mom’s favorite, “the carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying,” she said at the time. If you’re not sure what to get your mom this year, check out these more meaningful Mother’s Day gift ideas.