The second Sunday of May is traditionally celebrated as Mother’s Day in the United States. While not an official public holiday, Mother’s Day is a fairly major occasion. Businesses generally keep ordinary hours, but people find time after work to visit their Mom or at least give her a “Mother’s Day phone call”.
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Mother’s Day has become more and more commercialised in recent years in the US, but it’s still primarily a “family time” holiday. While stores may have sales events and there are some public festive events, it’s mostly a matter of giving your mother a gift, flowers, a card, a break from house chores, and maybe some time to rejuvenate at a beauty salon or a spa.
Mother’s Day’s roots are somewhat various, with several competing origin stories in the mid to late 1800’s. But the 10 years of Mother’s Day celebrations started by Julia Ward Howe in 1870 are usually thought to be the first clear emergence of the holiday.
After Howe’s holiday died out, Mother’s Day was restarted by Anna Jarvis in 1907. By 1908, a huge service with over 400 and their mothers took place at the Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That church is now a national historical landmark since Mother’s Day spread like wildfire throughout the US after the 1908 service.