Mother’s Day in Los Angeles County Sunday will include the annual commemoration for inmates at the all-female Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood and what organizers bill as the “Largest Mother’s Day Celebration in the World” in Reseda.
Organizers describe “Free Mothers, Close Jails” as an “effort to bring love and healing to those visiting their loved ones” at the jail.
The commemoration will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and include an art space for children, acupuncture, wellness kits and a photographer to capture each family’s experience.
The event is organized by Californians United for a Responsible Budget, a statewide coalition of 70 grassroots organizations that seeks to reduce the number of people in prisons and jails, shrink the prison system and shift public spending from corrections and policing to human services.
At the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda, more than 1,000 people will gather for the 24th annual “Largest Mother’s Day Celebration in the World,” representing families of four and five generations: mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers, including several centenarians.
The celebration will include brunch, entertainment and balloons.
A near-record $23.1 billion is forecast to be spent nationally in connection with Mother’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation’s Mother’s Day consumer spending survey.
The expected spending is second only to last year’s record forecast of $23.6 billion. The survey has been conducted annually since 2003.
Of the 7,520 adults polled, 86 percent said they planned on celebrating Mother’s Day.
Adults celebrating Mother’s Day are expected to spend an average of $180 on activities, gifts and cards, $6 less than last year.
Of those celebrating, 69 percent said they would buy flowers, 55 percent said they would treat mother to a brunch or dinner, 36 percent said they would buy clothing and 34 percent said they would buy jewelry.
The survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics between April 4 and 12 has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.
In his Mother’s Day proclamation, President Donald Trump wrote, “Let us express our utmost respect, admiration, and appreciation for our mothers who have given us the sacred gifts of life and unconditional love. In all that they do, mothers influence their families, their communities, our nation, and our world.
“Whether we became their children through birth, adoption, or foster care, we know the unmatched power of the love, dedication, devotion and wisdom of our mothers.”
Mother’s Day was initially proposed in 1870 by activist-poet Julia Ward Howe as a call for peace and disarmament. It was celebrated in 18 cities in 1873, continued for about another 10 years in Boston under Howe’s backing, then died out.
The second attempt to establish Mother’s Day began on May 9, 1907, the second anniversary of the death of Anna Jarvis’ mother Ann.
Jarvis invited several friends to her home in Philadelphia in commemoration of her mother’s life, which included providing nursing care and promoting better sanitation during the Civil War, helping save lives on both sides.
Jarvis announced to her friends her idea of a day of national celebration in honor of mothers, which was first celebrated on May 10, 1908, at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, where Ann Jarvis worshipped.
The church is now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine.
West Virginia Gov. William E. Glasscock issued the first Mother’s Day proclamation in 1910.
By 1911, it was celebrated in nearly every state. President Woodrow Wilson signed a congressional joint resolution in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day nationally.
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