Happy Mother’s Day - whether you’re celebrating your mom, grandmother, aunt, neighbor, friend, or are a mom yourself! The day transcends various religions and cultures, and is celebrated widely across the nation. In fact, consumers are expected to spend approximately $23 billion celebrating Mother’s Day this year. Given the widespread nature of the holiday, it’s worth taking a moment to learn more about its origins. We did some digging and came up with these fun facts:
- In 1872, suffragette Julia Ward Howe first suggested Mother’s Day as a day mothers could unite to rally for peace in the post-Civil War era. For several years thereafter, she held an annual Mother’s Day meeting in Boston.
- In 1908, Anna Jarvis campaigned for national observance of Mother’s Day, in honor of her late mother Ann Reeves Jarvis (also a peace activist). However, she later became frustrated by the wide commercialization of the day and expressed her regret for starting the day.
- Mother’s Day was officially recognized by the federal government in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson issued the first Mother’s Day Proclamation, declaring it a “public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country."
- Most people celebrate Mother’s Day by giving their moms flowers (77% of consumers). In fact, according to Fortune.com, Americans spend more on flowers for Mother’s Day than any other holiday! The next gifts in line are cards, jewelry, and brunch/lunch.
- According to Insure.com, the 24-7 work of a mom has a monetary value of nearly $68,000 annually. But really, we all know a mom’s job is priceless!
- More calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. Hi, mom!
- Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world, though sometimes on different days. The United Kingdom, Thailand, Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico, and more all have their own Mother’s Day celebrations.