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Why do Korean children give carnations to their parents on Parent’s Day?

Parent’s Day, or eobeoi nal 어버이날, designated May 8th every year, is a day to thank parents for their unconditional love and dedication. On this day, children make carnations at school and pin them on their parents' chests, while adult children give bouquets with gifts (cash is the number one choice picked by parents, by the way).

Parent’s Day, or eobeoi nal 어버이날, designated May 8th every year, is a day to thank parents for their unconditional love and dedication. On this day, children make carnations at school and pin them on their parents’ chests, while adult children give bouquets with gifts (cash is the number one choice picked by parents, by the way).

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So why carnations? This is closely related to the birth of Mother’s Day. In 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, the wounds of the war were deep, And a woman named Ann Maria Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” a gathering of mothers to console and support each other. After Ann Jarvis passed away, her daughter Anna Jarvis organized gatherings to honor and remember the mothers. Carnations were the flowers her mother loved.

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