Did You Know? More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.
Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Mother’s Day is observed in different forms throughout the world.
The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. It became an official U.S. holiday in 1914, but Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar.
While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May. Different versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, and traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit.
Another alternate observance of Mother’s Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.
In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.
Regardless of how or where you celebrate the important women in your life – from our family to ours, we wish you all very Happy Mother’s Day!