Celebrating the Unsung Heroes: When is Mother’s Day This Year?

Mother’s Day is an annual celebration honoring motherhood, maternal bonds, and the contributions of mothers in society. This important day recognizes the significance of mothers and mother figures worldwide. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore everything you need to know about Mother’s Day—from its origins to traditions, how people celebrate worldwide, and why mothers deserve this special celebration.

When is Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day falls on different dates across the globe but is mainly celebrated in March or May in tune with the Spring season:

  • In the United States, Mother’s Day observations fall every year on the second Sunday of May. In 2024, this vital date falls on May 12.
  • In the UK, Mother’s Day occurs on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This means the 2024 celebrations are marked for March 10.
  • In India, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May, the same as in the US. For 2024, tributes to mothers will be made on May 12.
  • In Australia, too, the celebrations are held on the second Sunday in May every year, just like in the USA and India.
  • Many other countries, such as Canada, China, Japan, Pakistan, and Egypt, also mark Mother’s Day annually on the second Sunday of May.

So, across most cultures, springtime is when children pay respect to their mothers, often symbolized through flowers and gifts of appreciation.

Mother's Day

History and Origins

The concept of celebrating motherhood dates back centuries and across many cultures. Here is how some of the early Mother’s Day traditions started:

Ancient Greeks Celebrated Rhea

Rhea was revered as the ‘Mother of the Gods’ in ancient Greek mythology and religion. Festivities honoring Rhea, the goddess of female fertility, motherhood, and generation existed.

Early Christians Had ‘Mothering Sunday’

During 16th century England, Christians honored the Virgin Mary, the ‘Mother of Christ’ each year on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This was dubbed ‘Mothering Sunday’.

US Mother’s Day Started Through Anti-War Activism

In recent times, the first activist to call for an official Mother’s Day was Ann Reeves Jarvis. She wanted to promote pacifism and reunion between women on opposing sides of the American Civil War. She organized ‘Mother’s Day meetings’ promoting peace activism.

Her daughter, Anna Jarvis, carried on her legacy through a formal proclamation for Mother’s Day after Ann passed away. Anna petitioned tirelessly until President Woodrow Wilson officially designated the second Sunday of May as a national holiday called ‘Mother’s Day’ in 1914 to honor mothers. Over time, this data gained global popularity, crossing Western cultures.

Modern Traditions

From its early origins, Mother’s Day has become a prevalent international celebration now embedded in mainstream culture. People make it an occasion to thank their mothers or mother figures for their immense contributions to emotional well-being and households.

Some popular traditions include:

  • Preparing mom’s favorite dish or meal treats
  • Gifting flower bouquets, greeting cards, or thoughtful presents
  • Reciting poems celebrating motherly guidance
  • Crafting heartwarming video messages compiling childhood memories
  • Arranging get-togethers allows families to spend quality time

Many also pay tributes at Mother’s Day events or donate to charitable organizations helping disadvantaged mothers or children. These traditions create a memorable day filled with compassion and kindness that mothers genuinely cherish.

Mother's Day

7 Surprising Mother’s Day Facts You Didn’t Know

As you prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, here are some intriguing facts worth knowing about the global celebration’s evolution and practices over time:

  1. Mother’s Day is the Most Popular Holiday for Phone Calls:

Mother’s Day triggers more phone calls back home across borders than any other annual celebration internationally!

  1. White Carnations Became Official Mother’s Day Flowers:

Anna Jarvis, who campaigned for the day’s adoption, handed white carnations to attendees of the first celebrations, cementing their symbolism since.

  1. Spain Celebrates Mother’s Day Longest:
    While most regions celebrate it as a single day, Spain dedicates the entire first week of May as ‘Día de la Madre,’ honoring mothers nationally.
  2. Mothering Sunday Inspired Our Modern Version:

The 16th-century English Mothering Sunday honoring the Virgin Mary evolved into how most modern societies celebrate Mother of Day.

  1. Ancient Egyptians Celebrated “Isis” as Ideal Mother 3000 Years Ago!

Egyptians have already worshipped Isis as the archetypal ideal mother for ages, showing just how eternal maternal significance is.

  1. Mother’s Day Has Its Discontents Too!

Ironically, original founder Anna Jarvis regretted ever making efforts for the official holiday, feeling its commercialization corrupted its deeper meaning.

  1. Mother’s Day is the Third Biggest U.S. Holiday for Consumer Spending:

Billions are spent on greeting cards, flowers, jewelry and treating mothers outpaced only by winter holidays spending.

So, as we make preparations to pamper our loved maternal figures this year, may these nuggets sprinkle extra joy, honoring their perseverant nurturing regardless of creeds!


Make these personalized Mother Days even more unforgettable by adding your special message at the end commemorating inside jokes or childhood anecdotes. This will remind your mom how special she remains regardless of the miles life may take.

The date may fade after 24 hours, but the love you celebrate for the maternal maker will surely linger lifelong!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I’m Strange Writer

Welcome to Strange Writer, your gateway to the fascinating lives of the world’s best authors and the latest updates in animation and cartoons. Dive into creativity and storytelling magic with us!

Let’s connect