Mother’s Day is a modern celebration that started in North America to honor mothers, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. It is a day set aside to express love, respect and give thanks to moms. The day is observed by giving gifts, visiting and celebrating moms in creative ways.
The first person to suggest the observance of Mother’s Day was Julia Ward Howe in 1872. She wanted the day dedicated to peace and held an annual meeting for several years in Boston. In 1887, Mary Towles Sasseen, a Kentucky school teacher, began conducting Mother’s Day celebrations and in 1904, Frank E. Hering, of South Bend, Indiana began a campaign for a national observance of Mother’s Day. However, it wasn’t until Anna Jarvis of West Virginia began a nationwide campaign did the idea take root. Wood Wilson signed a joint resolution of Congress rehoming observance of Mother’s Day by executive branches of the government on May 9, 1914. The following year, Mother’s Day was designated an annual national observance.
- Approximately 122 million phone calls are made on Mother’s Day, more than on any other day of the year
- Mother’s Day is a billion dollar day. In 2015, the National Retail Federation reported that $21.2 billion was spent on Moms. Nearly 80% of those who honored the holiday, sent a card.
- Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year to eat in a restaurant, according to the National Restaurant Association
- Mother’s Day is celebrated in close to 50 countries in different parts of the world
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