Sunday, May 8, 2022, Mother's Day will be celebrated in America. On this second Sunday of every May we shower our Moms with attention, love and gifts. For the Moms that are no longer with us, we honor their memory.
What are the origins of this springtime tradition? Who started this holiday? Below are a few fun facts about this, in my humble opinion, very important day.
- Mother's Day was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.
- Jarvis had pictured donning white carnations as a badge and visiting with your mother or attending church services together.
- Mother's Day became an official holiday in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure marking the second Sunday in May to be celebrated as Mother's Day.
- Anna Jarvis would later denounce Mother's Day when she saw how commercial it had become. She would spend the rest of her life and much of her personal wealth to try to get the holiday removed from the calendar. (Who knew?)
- Mother's Day has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending and dining out. (I guess Anna did!)
- More phone calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year. According to History.com, the spike in calls can be as much as 37%.
- Mother's Day is celebrated worldwide, but the date and traditions vary from country to country.
- Celebrating mothers can be traced back to ancient Greeks and Romans.
We at Bird Etiquette would like to send love to our mothers as we thank and honor all mothers.