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Mother's Day Quick Facts - US

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Mother's Day History

Mother's Day serves as an opportunity to honor mothers and mother figures for their endless love, support, and contributions to our society. This day not only to celebrate motherhood, but also maternal bonds, the influence of mothers in the society, and moms' unwavering dedication to their children and families.

Mother's Day in America has its roots traced back to the 19th century, when Ann Reeves Jarvis initiated Mothers' Day Work Clubs to improve sanitary conditions and lower infant mortality rates. However, it was her daughter, Anna Jarvis, who fought tirelessly to make it a recognized holiday in the early 20th century. Today, the celebrations on Mother's Day vary across America, but a common feature united all - the portrayal of immense love and gratitude towards the nurturing figure in one's life.

In the United States, Mother's Day is typically observed by presenting mothers with gifts, such as flowers and cards, and treating them to a special meal or a day of leisure, symbolic of the appreciation and love the society has towards them. The day is also often marked by charity events and community-based activities aimed at honoring mothers. Mother's Day is not fixed to a particular date in America but falls on the second Sunday in May, making it a day that varies from year to year.

Mother's Day facts & quotes

  • Julia Ward Howe, the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, came up with the notion of a Mother's Day in 1870. In a proclamation, she urged mothers to take a stand against sons killing the sons of other mothers.
  • In the animal kingdom, Orangutan moms are the "primate champion" of motherhood, having the longest dependent care period among great apes, with their offspring weaning off at about 6 to 7 years old.
  • According to the National Retail Federation, in 2022, consumers in the U.S. spent a total of $31.7 billion on Mother’s Day.
  • A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world - Agatha Christie
  • God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. - Hebrew proverb

Top things to do in the US for Mother's Day

  • Send mom and grandma flowers. You can either pick them up and deliver them yourself if you are nearby or use one of many online services that ship directly to her door.
  • Give mom a gift she will really appreciate - a day at the spa or a weekend off.
  • Take mom out to brunch or dinner. Be sure to book in advance as Mother's Day brunches are always very busy.
  • Clean the house for your mother or grandmother.
  • A simple phone call to mom will suffice. Let her know that you love her and think about her.

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