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Mother's Day



A day of commemoration and celebration of motherhood, Mother's Day has been officially recognized on the second Sunday in May in the U.S. since 1914, and presently in over 80 nations (other Mother's Days).

The tradition of Mother's Day dates back to 17th century England when a day called "Mothering Sunday" was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Earlier springtime celebrations were held in ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods.


Famous Mom Quotes

Mona Lisa's Mother: "After all that money your father and I spent on braces, Mona, that's the biggest smile you can give us?"

Columbus' Mother: "I don't care what you've discovered, Christopher. You still could have written!"

Babe Ruth's Mother: "Babe, how many times have I told you to quit playing ball in the house! That's the third broken window this week!"

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The Artist's Daughter by Berthe Morisot
The Artist's Daughter by Berthe Morisot


Mothering Sunday

Not related to Mother's Day, this European Christian festival celebrates motherhood on the 4th Sunday in Lent. In the United Kingdom, it is generally synonymous with the Mother's Day celebrated in other countries.

Anna Jarvis

In 1908, Anna Jarvis of West Virginia lobbied to have a day on which to celebrate motherhood in the U.S..

With backing
from a wealthy merchant from Philadelphia named John Wanamaker, her effort succeeded and. President Woodrow Wilson officially recognized Mother’s Day in 1914.

Jarvis later spoke out in opposition to the holiday she helped create, complaining about the commercialism.


Other Mother's Days
2nd Sunday in February Kosovo, Norway
3rd of March Georgia
8th of March International Women's Day
Spring Equinox Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
25th of March Slovenia
Annunciation Day Armenia (Motherhood and Beauty Day)
1st Sunday in May Angola, Cape Verde, Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Romania, Spain
8th of May South Korea
10th of May El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico
15th of May Paraguay
19th of May Kyrgyzstan (Энэ күнү)
26th of May Poland (Dzień Matki)
27th of May Bolivia
Last Sunday of May Algeria, Dominican Republic, France, Haiti, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritius, Senegal, Sweden, Tunisia
30th of May Bolivia
1st of June Mongolia
2nd Sunday in June Luxembourg
1st Monday in July South Sudan
12th of August Thailand
15th of August Costa Rica
2nd Monday of October Malawi
14th of October Belarus
3rd Sunday of October Argentina (Día de la Madre)
3rd of November Timor Leste
Feast of the Immaculate Conception) Panama
22nd of December Indonesia
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