Several events to mark Mother’s Day are planned Sunday in Los Angeles County, including therapy dogs greeting passengers on an incoming flight at Los Angeles International Airport.
Passengers on Southwest Airlines Flight 3193 from Oakland will receive affection from nine Pets Unstressing Passengers therapy dogs. Passengers in the terminal will have the opportunity to win prizes including tote bags, mobile phone chargers and other commemorative items.
Mother’s Day in Los Angeles County will also include what organizers bill as the 23rd annual “Largest Mother’s Day Celebration in the World”; the ninth annual Foster Mother’s Day celebration; and a Mother’s Day Concert by the California Philharmonic at The Sofia Ballroom at Noor at Paseo Colorado in Pasadena.
More than 1,000 people representing families of four and five generations will gather with their mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers, including several centenarians, will gather at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda for the “Largest Mother’s Day Celebration in the World.”
Organizers expect more than 2,500 youth and their families to attend the Foster Mother’s Day celebration at the Willows Community School in Culver City.
Foster mothers will get their hair styled, receive makeup and a buffet lunch. The event will also include a carnival, storytelling and other activities for children.
“We started Foster Mother’s Day nine years ago to honor and show our respect for the many foster parents who give selflessly of themselves every day,” said Jeanne Pritzker, founder of Foster Care Counts, a nonprofit organization which supports foster youth and the agencies that serve them.
A record $23.6 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 previous record was $21.4 billion set last year.
The increase is driven largely by spending on jewelry, which is up 19 percent, and personal services, up 15 percent, National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said.
Adults celebrating Mother’s Day are expected to spend an average of $186.39 on activities, gifts and cards.
Of the 7,406 adults polled, 85 percent said they planned on celebrating Mother’s Day. Of those celebrating, 68.5 percent said they would buy flowers, 55.9 percent said they would treat mother to a brunch or dinner, 35.5 percent said they would buy jewelry and 37 percent said they would buy clothing or accessories.
The survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics between April 4-11 has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.
In his Mother’s Day proclamation, President Donald Trump wrote, Mother’s Day is a special celebration in America. It is an occasion to thank our mothers for the life and love they have given us and to emphasize our affection for them, affection they deserve every day of the year.
But it is also an opportunity to honor mothers across our nation and celebrate motherhood as a pillar of our country’s stability and success. Our deep appreciation for the strength and spirit of mothers and their resolve to do what is right for their children and families cannot be overstated.
They are often the first to lend a hand during hard times and the first to celebrate our proudest victories. The boundless energy of our mothers inspires us to be people of action, people who strive relentlessly toward our goals. Above all, they teach us the power and joy of unconditional love.”
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.
–City News Service
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