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Where is International Mother’s Day celebrated? 

Though not a public holiday, Mother’s Day in the US is a legal national holiday. International Mother’s Day is celebrated in over 50 countries, some on the same day as in the US, while others follow different days according to their traditions.

Who is International Mother’s Day celebrated by?

This day is celebrated by one and all, as a token of love and reverence to mothers, living and deceased.

When did International Mother’s Day first start?

The day was first observed on the second death anniversary of Ann Jarvi’s mother. The following year, she observed the anniversary and Mother’s Day in Philadelphia. By 1911, the day had garnered enough momentum to be called National Mother’s Day. From then on, Mother’s Day is observed each year.

Who started International Mother’s Day? 

Then-President Woodrow Wilson made a proclamation to observe the second Sunday of May every year as National Mothers’ Day. 

Not just cards and dining, the busiest phone day of the year is on Mother’s Day again!

History And Timeline

Mother’s Day celebrations date back to Greek and Roman times when they honored goddesses like Rhea and Cybele. The most recent precursor to Mother’s Day is, however, the Christian festival of 'Mothering Sunday', which fell on the fourth Sunday of Lent. On this day, special services were rendered by the followers at their 'Mother Church'.


Starts with Mother’s Friendship Day

In 1868, Ann Jarvis forged the idea of celebrating mothers’ friendship day during the Civil War, to strengthen the bonds. 


A day to honor

In 1908, Ann Jarvis introduced the idea of observing a day in fond remembrance of her mother. 


An Official Day 

In 1914, then-President Woodrow Wilson declared that the second Sunday of May every year would be celebrated as national Mother’s Day. The legislation was passed to declare it a national holiday. 


Idea of Mother's Day

The idea of Mother’s Day was first propounded by an American lady, Julia Ward Howe, who authored the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic'. From 1972 onwards, every year, she initiated Mother’s Day meetings in Boston. 


A day to shower love! 

Statistics show that, on average, over $23 billion is spent on dinners and gifts on this day every year. 

Traditions And Customs

There are a number of traditions related to International Mother’s Day. People show their love by getting gifts and cards for their dearest mothers and for those whom they see as mothers. Celebrating Mother's Day by spending on gifts and dinners has given the day significance as much as any other holy day. From movies and special dinners to talk shows and events, the traditions followed on this day are special and diverse.

Ways To Observe International Mother’s Day

One might call it commercialization, but you can definitely present gifts and cards to your mother and give her a pleasant surprise.

How about managing the household for a day? She would be relieved, at least for a day, if you could take charge of the household chores. 

Plan a surprise party for your mother by calling her school friends. That’s worth it and is going to be the most memorable Mother’s Day ever.

Facts And Stats

  • The National Restaurant Association of US claims that that day has the highest number of dining bookings in a year. 
  • The Greeting Card Association of the US has a similar say. They have an estimated number of over 150 million cards exchanged during this day of the year. The highest number of cards are sold out for this holiday, following Christmas and Valentine’s Day. 
  • Different events are organized across the world to commemorate International Mother’s Day.

FAQs About International Mother's Day

What day is International Mother’s Day?

International Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

Why are there 2 Mother’s Days?

Most countries, including the US, celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. The dates vary according to the seasons of the year rather than religious observances. 

Which country celebrates Mother’s Day in 2021?

Mother’s Day is observed worldwide.

Which day is World Mother’s Day?

World Mother’s Day is observed on the second Sunday of May.

Is Mother’s Day important?

Yes, it is an important day.

Who started Mother’s Day and why?

The day was first observed on the second death anniversary of Ann Jarvi’s mother. The following year, she observed the anniversary and Mother’s Day in Philadelphia. By 1911, the day had garnered enough momentum to be called National Mother’s Day.

Why is a mother so important?

Mothers have the magical touch (and kiss) that can help us heal our physical and emotional wounds. Our mothers truly worked hard and made sacrifices for the betterment of our lives. There aren't many people willing to do that, so let her know how much you appreciate it.

Why is UK Mother’s Day different?

In the UK, Mother’s Day is observed on the occasion of 'Mothering Sunday', a day with religious connotations. This year, Mother's Day falls on March 27. 

Is Mother’s Day the same in every country?

While most countries observe the day on the same date as the US, there are different dates in different countries. Some celebrate the day in March, August, and May. From February to December, over 40 countries celebrate Mother’s Day. 

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When Is This Day Celebrated

Date Day
May 10, 2020 Sunday
May 09, 2021 Sunday
May 08, 2022 Sunday
May 14, 2023 Sunday
May 12, 2024 Sunday

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