This year’s Mother’s Day will be observed in the United States on Sunday, May 8, in contrast to the United Kingdom, where it was observed on March 27.
Mother’s Day is not an official holiday in the United States, which means that no one can take the day off or be paid more for working on a holiday.
However, because it falls on a Sunday, most families will be able to spend some time together to commemorate the event.
When did Mother’s Day begin to be observed?
Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, a social activist, founded the Mother’s Day Job Club before the Civil War with the goal of teaching local women how to care for their children.
Jarvis established Mothers’ Friendship Day in 1868. That day was set aside to aid in the recovery process for both soldiers and their families.
Julia Ward Howe drafted the Mother’s Day Proclamation a few years later, and she came up with the idea of honouring Mother’s Day of Peace in June.
Jarvis’ daughter Anna suggested in the 1900s that there should be an official day to honour mothers for all of their daily efforts, and thus Mother’s Day was founded.
As a result, US President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. That was signed in 1914, and the situation has remained unchanged since then.
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How do Americans honour their mothers on Mother’s Day?
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), approximately 84 per cent of Americans celebrate Mother’s Day in some capacity, with an average of $245 spent on meals and presents.
This year, it is projected that US individuals would spend roughly 3.6 billion dollars on Mother’s Day, with jewellery being the most popular gift.