Dates, history and traditions

Mother's Day in the USA

In the United States Mother's Day is a holiday celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May. It's a day to celebrate motherhood and show appreciation for mothers, including (great-)grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers and other mother figures and their positive contributions to society.


The holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official holiday in 1914 when president Wilson signed a measure that established Mother's Day as an official annual celebration on the second Sunday in May. Mother's Day history goes way back, but how far? Read all about the interesting history of Mother's Day and founder Anna Jarvis.


Mother's day is a holiday with a lot of traditions. Most people buy their mother a gift, send a card, cook dinner, make her breakfast or buy her some nice flowers to show her how special she is. You will see a lot of carnations on this day and restaurants may be busier than usual because many moms are taken out out for dinner. Read all about the Mother's Day traditions in the USA.


Mother's Day is celebrated in a lot of countries around the world. Some with different celebrations and traditions, but most of them are also celebrated on the second Sunday of May, like in the United States. Here you can find the dates of Mother's Day in 2019, Mother's Day in 2020 and beyond.

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Upcoming Mother's Day dates in the United States

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