Mother’s Day is celebrated on various days throughout the year. Most commonly March, April and May. It is celebrated the second Sunday in May in Canada and the USA and is done to honor mothers and mothering.
In its present form, Mother’s Day was established by Anna Marie Jarvis, following the death of her mother Ann Jarvis who had tried to establish a Mother’s Friendship Day meant to reunite family members who had been separated by the Civil War.
The first “official” Mother’s Day service was on May 10, 1908 in the Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia where Ann Jarvis had taught Sunday school. Anna Marie Jarvis then campaigned to establish Mother’s Day first as a U.S. national holiday and then later as an international holiday. The resolution for having a dedicated Mother’s Day was signed in the USA by President Woodrow Wilson on May 8, 1914.
Mother’s Day is a day that people pay tribute to their mothers and thank them for their support and love throughout the years. It is the most celebrated day after Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
Mother’s Day may include grandmothers, aunts and women who are like mothers to us.
Cards, flowers and gifts are popular ways of showing appreciation for all of mom’s hard work throughout the year. As well as taking her out for dinner, or relieving her of kitchen duties for the day. Phone lines are always buzzing on Mother’s Day. It is a wonderful tradition that reminds us that we would not be where we are without our Moms.
Unfortunately, in this day and age it may not always be feasible to be with Mom on her special day. The availability of online gift and basket stores has made it much easier to ensure that mom knows we are thinking of her on this day, and every other day of the year. Just keep in mind that most gift basket companies do not deliver on weekends, so to ensure your gift arrives in time, order early for delivery on the Friday before Mother’s Day.