What is Mother’s Day?
Mother’s Day is an annual holiday that has been established in 1908 by Anna Jarvis for families to honor their own mother. It became a national holiday in 1914 and has also been adapted by many other countries around the world.
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When is Mother’s Day?
Although some countries deviate from it, it is most common around the world to celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May as designated by the U.S. Congress in 1914. This means Mother’s Day takes place on Sunday May 12 in 2024, and on Sunday May 11 in 2025. This date comes from the passing of Anna Jarvis’ mother on May 9, 1905 and the connection between the church, Sunday school and Sunday.
Celebrating Mother’s Day
The most popular traditions surrounding Mother’s Day are carnations, churchgoing, cards and gifts.
Since Anna Jarvis delivered 500 of them to the first celebration in 1908, carnations have been a representation of Mother’s Day. This flower was chosen because it was the favorite of her mother. It is also customary to wear a carnation on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is a popular day for churchgoing. It ranks third in terms of attendance, after Easter and Christmas. Although Mother’s Day isn’t a Christian holiday, many Christian mothers would like to go to church with their families and who can say no to their mother on Mother’s Day? Also interesting to note is that church attendance on Father’s Day is among the least attended days.
Even though Anna Jarvis thought of cards to be a lazy commercialization and stimulated people to write a personal letter, it is estimated that over 50% of American households send greeting cards on Mother’s Day, making it the third largest holiday for sending cards.
It is customary for children of all ages to give their mother a well thought of gift at Mother’s Day. This can include breakfast in bed and/or handmade crafts for younger children, and store bought gifts for older children and adults. Are you looking for a perfect gift for your mother? Our gift finder shows you the most popular gifts for your mother. Perfect for some inspiration!
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We wish you a happy Mother’s Day!