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When is Mothers Day?

Updated on June 8, 2009

Mother's Day, both in the United States and abroad, a holiday that honors mothers. In the United States it is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May. Many people observe the day by presenting gifts or other tokens of love and esteem to their mothers. Those whose mothers are living often wear a pink or red rose or carnation, while those whose mothers are dead wear a white one. On Mother's Day the American flag is displayed on all public buildings.

The idea of setting aside a day to honor mothers was first proposed by Miss Anna Jarvis of Grofton, W. Va. As a result of her efforts, the first American Mother's Day celebration was held in Philadelphia on May 10, 1908. The idea quickly became popular throughout the nation. In 1913, Congress issued a resolution in favor of a national observance of the holiday. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. Since that time, American Presidents have issued an annual Mother's Day proclamation. Among the many countries of the world that also observe Mother's Day are England, Sweden, India, Mexico and Australia.


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