When is Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is that one day of the year when you celebrate the love that your mother has been showering on you since the day you were born. This day marks the celebrations honouring maternal bond and motherhood.


It is usually celebrated in the month of May. Most popular date internationally accepted for Mother’s day is the second Sunday of May.

In the United States, Mother’s Day started when Anna Jarvis held a Memorial in the memory of her mother during the early part of the 20th century.

However over the years this celebration has become synonymous with celebration of motherhood in general and it honours the contribution of a person’s mother in his/her life.

Another form of Mother’s Day is Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the United Kingdom and Ireland. This is celebrated three weeks before Easter, usually in the month of March.

In the 16th century, Catholic and Protestant Christians visited their mother’s church once a year on this day. It is from this tradition that the modern day Mothering Sunday has evolved, where children shower their mother with affection.

Some countries have adopted dates that have special significance for them in accordance to their history and tradition. For Example:

Arab countries 21st March
Argentina 3rd Sunday of October
Armenia 8th March
Egypt 21-Mar
Ethiopia For three days at the end of rainy season
Georgia 3rd March
Indonesia 22nd December
Iran 20 Jumada al-thani, usually in March or April
Israel Shevat 30 of the Jewish calendar, between 30 January and 1 March
Panama 8th December
South Sudan First Monday in July
Thailand Birthday of the Queen Sirikit on 12 August


Here are the dates for Mother’s Day for the next decade, i.e. till 2027:

  • May 14, 2017
  • May 13, 2018
  • May 12, 2019
  • May 10, 2020
  • May 9, 2021
  • May 8, 2022
  • May 14, 2023
  • May 12, 2024
  • May 11, 2025
  • May 10, 2026
  • May 9, 2027

Mother’s Day Recipes

Cook a delicious meal for your mother with the help of various Mother’ Day recipes available at 123NewYear. These recipes are really simple to churn out, yet interesting enough to please your mom.

Top it with a beautiful table setting and you shall surely have your mother misty eyed!

Egg White Frittata

a great breakfast dish to start Mother’s Day with and perhaps pamper your mom in bed.

  • Time to Cook: 18 min
  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Ingredients
  • Egg whites of 8 eggs that are at room temperature
  • Half cup of whipping cream
  • 6 ounces of lox that have been chopped in to  half-inch pieces
  • Lemon’s zest
  • half teaspoon of kosher salt
  • half teaspoon of black pepper that has been freshly ground
  • Olive oil 2 tablespoons
  • 2 ounces of arugula
  • A clove garlic that has been minced
  • Directions
  1. Place an oven rack in a preheated (350 degrees Fahrenheit) oven’s center.
  1. Whisk egg whites in a medium sized bowl till they become fluffy (around 30 seconds). Next add lox, cream, lemon zest, pepper and salt.
  1. Heat oil in an oven proof skillet that is non-stick and has a thickness of 10-inch.
  1. Add the garlic and arugula and cook till the arugula becomes wilted.
  1. Egg mixture needs to be poured into the skillet and stirred to combine all the ingredients.
  1. Place the skillet in the oven to bake for about 10-12 minutes or until it is set
  1. After it is set, slide it onto a plate and the frittata can be cut into wedges.
  1. Serve the frittata warm or cool it down to room temperature.

Chicken Milano

A delicious pasta dish that can be made for lunch or dinner.

  • Time To Cook: 30 minute
  • Serves: 4
  • Ingredients
  • Butter – 1 tablespoon
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • half cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • A cup of chicken broth
  • A cup of heavy cream
  • Skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – 1 pound
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped basil
  • 8 ounces of dry fettuccini pasta
  • Directions
  1. Melt butter over a low heat in a large saucepan, add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds
  1. Next the tomatoes need to be added along with 3/4 cup of the chicken broth and bring to boil
  1. Once it starts to boil reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for around 10 minutes, till the tomatoes become tender.
  1. Add the heavy cream and bring to a boil while continuously stirring. Thicken the sauce till it is thick enough to coat a spoon
  1. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken breast and sauté them in warm oil over medium heat.
  1. Use a slotted spatula to occasionally press down the chicken. Cook the chicken on each side for about 4 minutes or till the meat is no longer pink on the inside.  Set aside once cooked and keep it warm.
  1. Once you have removed the excess fat from the skillet heat the remaining portion of chicken broth. Stir to mix in the pan juices with the broth and reduce.
  1. Add this to the cream sauce and stir in the basil. Next season the sauce.
  1. Bring salted water to boil and add the dry fettucine to cook for around 10 minutes.
  1. Once cooked to al dente, drain it and place it in a bowl where you can toss it with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the sauce.
  1. Place the pasta on serving plates and top with chicken breasts cut into diagonal slices
  1. If needed reheat the sauce and place it on top of your served pasta.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mothers have always kept their children’s wellbeing as first priority. Mother’s love is not only what makes home worth nesting in, but they are the greatest gift sent by God.

Surprise them with wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. Here are some great Mother’s Day gift ideas:

  1. Create something yourself using various DIY (Do It Yourself) kits that are available to bring a smile on your mom’s face
  2. Paint wooden boards and stick framed pictures of your childhood to remind her of the precious moments you spent together.
  3. For Mom’s who love to be in the garden, paint some pots in various colors or draw designs on them. Gift these and join her in the garden.
  4. Have an old frame lying around? Turn it into a beautiful piece of memory. Take an old picture of you and your mom. Stick it onto this wonderful frame that has been decorated with lace and paint.
  5. Another great gift can be beautiful sterling silver jewelry that has been customized for your Mom.
  6. For Mom’s who love their coffee, personalized coffee mugs are also a great gift.
  7. A bouquet of your mom’s favorite flowers is also a great option.
  8. Jewelry like necklaces, rings and earrings can also be a wonderful gift for Mother’s Day
  9. Your mom works hard throughout the year looking after your needs. Treat her to a day of pampering services at a good spa.
  10. Send her a wine gift box that has her favorite wine with other great goodies like cheese, crackers and more.
  11. Chocolates are an amazing gift that is sure to bring to smile on all mother’s face. You could also take an extra effort to gift gourmet chocolate.
  12. Plan an amazing Mother’s Day surprise party with your siblings and see her joy as she realizes how much you love her
  13. Gift her nice gourmet gift baskets that have her favorite things like, cookies, fruits, gardening tools and supplies.
  14. You could also treat her to a breakfast in bed or make her an Italian dinner with the goodies in various gift baskets.
  15. For tea lovers a gourmet tea gift basket is a great gift that is full of various kinds of tea, cookies and wafers to name some.
  16. Gift your Mom a bag or a gift basket filled with make-up that she uses. It can be a basket hand-made by you with hand-picked make-up. Many sources also offer great make-up gift baskets. So the choice is up to you.
  17. Another great gift is a bottle of her favorite perfume.
  18. For Mother’s who love to shop, coupons or gift cards can be a great gift. This gives her the independence to choose a gift that she would love to have.
  19. Bags are also a wonderful gift. From clutch bags to tote bags, various options are available. All you need to do is pick out your Mom’s favorite kind of bag style and color.
  20. Photo coasters are also a good gift idea. Help her fight the stains left when a cup or glass is left on the surface. The photos should be of something that will bring a smile on your mom’s face.
  21. Take your mom out on Date beginning with a yoga session, followed by a day at the spa; and then movie and dinner.
  22. Precious photos that your mom holds dear might have faded. Restore them and present them to your mom on Mother’s Day. Let your actions speak about the gratitude and love you have for your Mom.

Mother’s Day Songs

Mother’s Day songs are packed with emotions that are sure to touch heart strings. Mothers have been around to take care of us since we were born.

So why not dedicate beautiful Mother’s Day songs for the beautiful lady! 123NewYear has created a collection of beautiful songs that can be dedicated to your Mom.

Here they are:

  1. “The Best Day” by Taylor Swift
    This song sung and written by Taylor Swift is dedicated to the lovely moments that a mother and daughter share while growing up. It celebrates the love and care that a mom shows for her child whatever age she is because she will always be her little princess.
  2. “The Perfect Fan” by Backstreet Boys
    This song is dedicated for all mothers around the world. It is a celebration of all the lessons your mom teaches you. The singers thank God for giving moms who were always there for them and were a ‘Perfect Fan’.
  3. “Mom” by Meghan Trainor featuring Kelli Trainor
    The singer has dedicated it especially for her Mom.  The song describes the love that a Mom has for her child.  It is the greatest love in the world. The song also says that her mom is the most special person in her life and her best friend as well. It also includes a small phone call that the singer has with her Mom where it can be clearly seen that she misses her mom.
  4. “Mama Liked the Roses” by Elvis Presley
    The legend Elvis Presley dedicates this song to his mother who is no more. Mothers leave a deep impression in her child’s life. This song says just that that she had always loved roses but she also cared about the way her children led their life. Now that she is no more, they make it a point to visit her grave every Mother’s Day and bring her favorite flower along – Roses .
  5. “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood
    It is song that is dedicated to every mother who worries about her daughter’s future. The song goes on to describe the good things that she has taught her daughter and that her prayers have been answered as her daughter has found a great person who she is going to marry. The singer also says that even after marriage and going away she will never forget her mother’s love. The singer hopes that when she has a daughter she too finds a great man to be her husband.
  6. “Mama” by Il Divo
    It is a song for all the children who are far away and miss their mom. The lyrics basically acknowledge the sacrifices that mothers make for their children and the dreams that are left unfulfilled to fulfill dreams of their children. Finally they ask for forgiveness from the moms to have made them cry and hope that they can make their mothers proud and happy.
  7. “Turn to You” by Justin Bieber
    This song has been sung and written by Justin Bieber , who has dedicated the song to his mother. She has worked hard to give him a good upbringing and he promises to be there for her whenever she needs him. Finally he acknowledges the fact that he has and will always turn to her as she is his inspiration and wants her to never leave him.
  8. “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men
    It is a song dedicated to the person who gave birth to you, your Mom. The song celebrates the lovely lessons of life that she taught. Without her you are incomplete and her love for you is pure. The lyrics point out the fact no one can take care of you like your mom. She truly deserves all you love and care forever.

Mother’s Day Poems

Mother’s Day poems are ingenious ways to appeal to your mother or mother figure this Mother’s Day. These lovely verses bring out the essence of the beautiful relationship that a mother shares with her ward/s.

Here are some lovely Mother’s Day Poems:

  1. “M” is for the magnificent woman that she is,
    “O” stands for the optimistic behavior that she has,
    “T” is for the tenacity she has shown,
    “H” is for the heart made of pure gold;
    “E” is for the eyes that are filled with love,
    “R” stands for the right lessons she has taught,
    All of this has made my Mother a perfect woman.
    Happy Mother’s Day
  2. Sky filled with hundreds of stars
    Shores filled with hundreds of shells
    Hundreds of birds will go singing by,
    While hundreds of butterfly fill the sky.
    But one truth will always stay
    My mother is only one, in the whole wide world.
  3. A Mother’s smile can brighten your day
    Her hugs will fill joy into your day
    Her love is one to hold dear and near
    The lessons she taught, the care she gave
    All will fill your life with great happiness
    So cherish the moments that you have spent
    Laughing and enjoying with your Mom
    And keep saying “I love you, Mom”
    Happy Mother’s Day
  4. A Mother is so kind
    She is so caring
    Her love will never stop to flow
    Just like the Mountain Rivers that do flow
    Cherish the hugs and kisses she gives
    For they are more precious than anybody’s Will
    Love this woman who loves you more
    She is your Mother forever and ever more.
  5. Thank You Mother for Everything
    From being my teacher to being my friend
    Your energy surprises me further more
    You never seem tired and stay on the go

    You have been my nurse
    When I was down
    You have been mu guide
    Throughout my life

    How do you do it Mom,
    Be my cook and my mother
    Yet you are the one with whom I share
    All my secrets and much much more

    You have loved me forever
    Taken care of me when I was down under
    Hope you stay with me forever
    Else I will be lost on my own

  6. My mother is my super woman
    She never feels tired
    She never grows old
    Her smile is like the sunshine
    That glows stronger and stronger day by day
    It gives me the strength to go ahead,
    Her eyes is filled with love
    And her heart with Gold
    Hope I grow up to be like you
    Love you Mom forever more.
  7. Your are my mom
    You keep me strong
    You keep me sane
    Mom you are my strength
    And I love you
    Just like you love me too
    Happy Mother’s Day
  8. Sweet as Sugar
    That is my Mom
    Sweeter than Honey
    Would not be wrong
    Gentle like my mom
    That is what I want
    Sharp like a knife is what makes her strong
    Love you Mom forever and ever
    I will be there for you now and forever
  9. As vast as the ocean and the seas
    Would describe my mother’s love appropriately
    Her arms are the shelter I do search
    Whenever I feel down and lost
    I pray to God everyday
    ‘Make me patient like my mother stays’
    Wherever I go
    North, south
    East or West
    You should know I will never forget
    The lessons you taught me
    I will love you always
    My dearest Mom

Mother’s Day Quotes

Mother is that one person who has been your pillar of support, physically and mentally. Make this special day all about her with wonderful Mother’s Day Quotes from famous personalities.

Here are some great quotes for your wonderful mom:

  1. Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. Stevie Wonder
  2. All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Lincoln
  3. A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. Victor Hugo
  4. God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. Rudyard Kipling
  5. The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  6. It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful? Mahatma Gandhi
  7. Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. Erich Fromm
  8. Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. Robert Browning
  9. Motherhood is… difficult and… rewarding. Gloria Estefan
  10. With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood. Isadora Duncan
  11. My mom is definitely my rock. Alicia Keys
  12. I was always at peace because of the way my mom treated me. Martina Hingis
  13. Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws. Barbara Kingsolver
  14. Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face. George Eliot
  15. I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. Abraham Lincoln
  16. A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. Honore de Balzac
  17. Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. William Makepeace Thackeray
  18. There is nothing in the world of art like the songs mother used to sing. Billy Sunday
  19. When my mother had to get dinner for 8 she’d just make enough for 16 and only serve half. Gracie Allen
  20. My mother is a walking miracle. Leonardo DiCaprio
  21. I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me. Antonio Villaraigosa
  22. Men are what their mothers made them. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  23. Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.  Harriet Beecher Stowe
  24. The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. Honore de Balzac
  25. The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom. Henry Ward Beecher
  26. A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. Tenneva Jordan
  27. No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement. Florida Scott-Maxwell
  28. If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. Henry Bickersteth
  29. When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. Sophia Loren
  30. Of course a woman who decides to work full time as a mother in the home can be happy and deserves full respect from us. Motherhood is one of the most challenging and creative jobs anyone can do. The goal is to remake the world so that our choices are not so stark. Naomi Wolf

Mother’s Day Greetings

Mothers are a blessing in disguise. They look after all our needs. Let’s celebrate this Mother’s Day in a grand way with wonderful Mother’s Day greetings.

Make an extra effort to make her feel special. Here are some sweet for your mom:

  1. For the best mother in the whole world: Happy Mother’s Day! You truly deserve all the best things in the world. I love you!
  2. You are the most beautiful woman I have seen and will always hold a special place in my heart forever. Love always. Happy Mother’s Day!
  3. Whenever I was down, emotionally and physically, you have been there for me. I love you Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!
  4. Happy Mother’s Day! I do not always show how much I love you but believe me, I do. Thank you Lord for such a lovely Mom.
  5. You are the one who taught me to walk, ride a bike and so much more. Thank you for teaching me everything. I love you and hope that you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.
  6. I will always be grateful to you mom for giving me all the important life lessons. I love you very much! Happy Mother’s Day!
  7. You have always thought about your children’s interest before yours. I am thankful for having you as my Mother. Happy Mother’s Day!
  8. You have played different roles in my life – Guide, Organizer, Driver, and many more but the most important role is of a best friend. Love my Mom, my best friend. Happy Mother’s Day.
  9. I plan to shower with all the happiness you truly deserve but even that will not be enough for all the sacrifices you have made for me! Happy Mother’s Day!
  10. You are the greatest mother in the whole wide world. I just want to ensure that you feel pampered and cared for. So let me make this Mother’s Day special for you.
  11. From my childhood you have always made sure that I always have smile on my face. Love you Mom. Happy Mother’s Day.
  12. You always knew what would make me smile. Whenever I spend time with you mom, I am always laughing. Happy Mother’s Day!
  13. I remember coming back hurt from sports and you were always there putting on band aids and caring for me, making me forget about the pain. Love you Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!
  14. Mom it is Mother’s Day and I plan to make you great breakfast, lunch and dinner for all the lovely meals you have cooked for us. Love you Mom
  15. You have showered me with love, hugs and kisses Mom. Hope I can keep you happy forever like you have. Happy Mother’s Day.
  16. You have been the best since I knew you. The perfect wife and mom. I also want to return the favor by being the best son/daughter.  Happy Mother’s Day!
  17. Happy Mother’s Day. Though I am far away but always remember that I love you Mom.
  18. Whether I was feeling low, having a nightmare or was hurt I remember one face calming me down and making me feel better. It was you Mom. I also want to take care of you forever. Happy Mother’s Day!
  19. You have shown me the true meaning of being a great woman and I want to be like you – Optimistic and Magnificent. Happy Mother’s Day!
  20. I do not remember a single day when you raised your voice and were impatient. Love you Mom and sorry for all the mess I created. Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Messages

This Mother’s Day, send your mom some great Mother’s Day messages. The messages at 123NewYear help you to express the earnest feelings you have for your mom.

Send the messages through email, old world style hand written note, or write on the gift tag, or as an addition to messages in a greeting card, or as the message in your home made card, or by SMS – once you get the idea, the usage can be many!

Here are some heartfelt Mother’s Day messages to make your mom feel loved and special:

  1. Mother is a gift from God. You are the one who gives me the strength to go through each day with my head held up high. You have taught me to win always and not fear failure. I love you so much. Happy Mother’s Day.
  2. You have always surprised me with your energy and strength. You have cooked for me, taken care of me like a nurse and been my career counselor. Love you Mom for all the roles you played in my life. I know your love for me is inexhaustible. I love you. Happy Mother’s Day.
  3. Motherhood is a job that takes up all your time. Mom you have taken such good care of us and never complained about anything. You have never had a day off. So now we, your children are planning something grand to pamper you. Gt ready to enjoy and relax on Mother’s Day!
  4. Without you mom I would be lost and clueless. You were the one always there for me. You have given me lessons of life that have always led me on the correct path. Love you Mom for all of that and more. Happy Mother’s Day!
  5. I will not be able to be with you on Mother’s Day mom but remember that I love you and will always love you. You have taught me well so you also need not worry, I am fine. Sending you lots of love this Mother’s Day and hope to be with you on the next. Love you Mom.
  6. When I was little I always looked up to you for inspiration. Now that I have a daughter of my own I hope she does the same. Hope that I can do justice to your teachings. Love you Mom. Happy Mother’s Day.
  7. People have always found it difficult to understand me and my decisions. You were the only pillar of support that stood by my decisions. You are the only one who understood my feelings. Thank you for being there. Happy Mother’s Day.
  8. Ever since I was a child, you have been looked after me, taken care of me and comforted me when I was down. Grandma thank you for being my mum. Happy Mother’s Day!
  9. Mom you were working 2 jobs to make ends meet. You, my sweet sister, were the one who looked after me while mom was out working. It is a blessing to have two mothers. Thank you my Mom and sweet big Sis. Happy Mother’s Day to both of you!
  10. I have seldom expressed my love and gratitude for all that you have done for us. Mom I love you and promise to fulfill all your dreams one day. Happy Mother’s Day! I love you.
  11. All through childhood I have seen you work and take care of us. It is now time for us to take care of you Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!
  12. No amount of gifts, flowers and diamonds can make-up for the sacrifices you made to give us a great upbringing. Here is a small message to thank you for a lovely childhood and your gift is on the way. Love you Mom. I am far away but my wishes and gift should reach in time. Hope to see you soon. Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Wishes

Mothers love will always be with you wherever you go. Let’s make this Mother’s day special with beautiful Mother’s Day wishes.

They have been dealing with all our demands since we were born, from feeding us our favorites to taking care of us in illness. Without our mother we would have been incomplete.

Here are some beautiful Mother’s Day wishes:

  1. You have been the best gift that God sent me. You have always taken care of us, your children. Happy Mother’s Day.
  2. Your smile has always brightened my day. You, mom, have given me the courage to face all my troubles. Happy Mother’s Day.
  3. Mom I would like to tell you how lucky I am to have you as my mother. Happy Mother’s Day.
  4. I feel blessed to have you as my mother who is so caring and loving. Wish you a happy Mother’s Day Mom.
  5. You were the first person I saw when I opened my eyes. I have loved you since then Mom. Love you. Happy Mother’s Day!
  6. Mom, you were there by my side always. I have never been able to show my gratitude and love. I love you! Happy Mother’s Day.
  7. I have always believed in love at the first sight and you were the one I saw when I opened my eyes.  Love you dear mum. Happy Mother’s Day!
  8. You have sacrificed a lot to give us everything we wanted. Mum we love you. Happy Mother’s Day!
  9. Your zeal is the one thing that has kept our family together. Mother you are a special part of our lives. Happy Mother’s Day.
  10. I can never thank God enough to have given me someone so sweet as my mother. Love you always! Happy Mother’s Day.
  11. My regards for you mom is as countless as the stars in the sky. You have shown me the light of this world. Thank you!
  12. You are my gift from heaven mother. Thank you for being so thoughtful and loving. Love you. Happy Mother’s Day!
  13. I just wanted to let you know how fortunate I feel to have been blessed with a loving and caring mother like you. Happy Mother’s Day!
  14. Your love has always filled me with happiness. Your love is as pure as the streams flowing from the mountains. Happy Mother’s Day.
  15. You have given me the greatest gift, life. Thank you for taking care of me. Love you Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!
  16. A mother’s love is the strongest and you have taught us how to love and take care of others. Happy Mother’s Day!
  17. You have been my guide and friend forever. There can be no replacement. Wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day.
  18. You have held my hand and taught me to take my first steps. Thank you Mom for teaching all the important lessons of life. Happy Mother’s Day.
  19. Dear mother, I have always felt the safest in your arms. Love you Mummy. Happy Mother’s Day.
  20. Whatever you do is filled with grace and love. Happy Mother’s day to the world’s best mom.
  21. You were my first friend with whom you can share everything. You have continued and will always be my best friends. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.
  22. You are the most elegant women I have met till date mom. I want to grow up and be like you. Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day in US

In the United States, Mother’s Day has been attributed the status of an annual holiday that is celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May. This is the day to uphold motherhood and maternal bonds in general and also to honor mothers for their contributions to the society.

The American version of Mother’s Day finds its acceptance and establishment in Anna Jarvis’ campaign in 1907, although there have been previous attempts by others prior to Jarvis that have not seen the lights of success. Earlier attempts were also made to promote peace by means of honoring those mothers who had already lost or were put at the risk of losing their sons to the ravages of wars.

Background of Mother’s Day:

    • Although the origin of Mother’s Day is often attributed to different people, it is commonly believed that the major roles to establish the traditions of Mother’s Day as prevalent at present were played by two women Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis.


    • Some people opine that in the 1800s in the town of Albion, Michigan, a woman by the name of Juliet Calhoun Blakely observed Mother’s Day. Her sons not only paid tribute to her but also urged others in the locality to honor their respective mothers.


    • Sometime around the year 1870 Julia Ward Howe propagated Mother’s Day. Her aim was to encourage opposition to war and violence amongst women and also promote disarmament. For about ten years this observance continued in Boston, albeit under the sponsorship of Howe. However, this faded post that.


    • In 1907 Anna Jarvis held a Mother’s Day observance in memory of her mother in Grafton, West Virginia, and continued to promote wider acceptance of roles of mothers in shaping the society. She went ahead to form “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to improve health and hygiene conditions of the area.


    • In 1908 Jarvis arranged a service at the Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in her town where hundreds of children joined in with their mothers. Today this Church is a National Historic Landmark and the International Mother’s Day Shrine.


    • Jarvis’ efforts were supported by group of retailers who catered to women’s products.


    • In 1934 President Roosevelt issued a stamp to commemorate Mother’s Day.


    • In 2008, US House of Representatives voted to establish Mother’s Day as a National Holiday.


Date of Mother’s Day in the Next Five Years:

In United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of the month of May, each year.

  • In 2014, Mother’s Day would be on Sunday, May 11.
  • In 2015, Mother’s Day would be on Sunday, May 10.
  • In 2016, Mother’s Day would be on Sunday, May 8.
  • In 2017, Mother’s Day would be on Sunday, May 14.
  • In 2018, Mother’s Day would be on Sunday, May 13.
  • In 2019, Mother’s Day would be on Sunday, May 12.


The day is commemorated by expressing one’s appreciation for one’s mother, foster mother or any mother figure who has touched the heart to leave behind an indelible mark of love. It is a common practice to spend time with one’s mother on this day. Greeting cards are often sent along with gifts that may range from something as simple as home baked cookies or a date night with movies and dinner, to something pampering like a spa package or exotic like a sponsored vacation or expensive like a piece of precious jewelry.


The first Mother’s Day celebration in 1908 had Anna Jarvis deliver 500 carnations, the favorite flower of her mother. Since then they have been associated with Mother’s Day celebrations. People often wear carnations on this day. Many religious services held on this day give away carnations to mark the occasion. Florists later came up with the idea of promoting to wear red carnations if one’s mother was alive; and white in case one’s mother was no longer living. They tirelessly promoted this till it became an accepted norm at the Churches.


Commercialization of this holiday began in the very nascent stage, and within nine years of its introduction such norm was so rampant that even Jarvis herself protested against it stating that this was putting into oblivion the true purpose of observing this day. Jarvis spent the rest of her life protesting against the abuse of the essence of this day, and in the process she spent all her inheritance. She was also arrested in 1948 while on a protest. However, all her efforts could not prevent the rampant commercialization. Today records state that in the United States, on the event of Mother’s Day, people spend about $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on gift items, and about $68 million on greeting cards.