Motherís Day is observed in the United States on the second Sunday in May annually. The first celebration of Motherís Day was held at St Andrewís Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia in 1908. It was a service, arranged at the initiative of Anna Jarvis in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, who was known for her attempts to establish a holiday, commemorating mothers whose sons fought or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. In 1868, she created a committee to establish a "Motherís Friendship Day", in order "to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War." Ann Jarvis died in 1905, but her daughter, Anna Jarvis, successfully continued her motherís efforts. She launched a quest for Motherís Day to be widely recognized and campaigned to establish it as a U.S. national holiday. West Virginia was the first state to declare Motherís Day officially in 1910.The rest of the states followed quickly. On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Motherís Day. The next day, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Motherís Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.
Today Motherís Day has become a holiday, recognizing mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds in general. Traditions on Motherís Day often include churchgoing and family dinners. Common Motherís Day gifts are flowers, chocolate, candy, clothing, and jewelry. Many people send cards to their mothers. In the days and weeks before Motherís Day, pupils at schools prepare handmade cards or small gifts for their mothers.
Many artists and poets sing a hymn to happiness and beauty of motherhood. We join them with our inspirational Motherís Day ecards. You can use them to congratulate your dear mothers and mother figures on this wonderful holiday. You may also like our great illustrated Motherís Day Quotes collection.
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In 2021 Motherís Day in USA falls on May 9.