When is Mother’s Day?


Celebrations of Mother’s Day differ throughout the world but they stem from Greek springtime celebrations in honor of Rhea, Mother of the Gods.  Mother’s Day in the United States, as we know it today, was inspired by the British version and was first suggested by Julie Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” in 1870.  Further, Ann Marie Jarvis, worked to establish a “Mother’s Sanitation Day” in 1858, as an effort to honor mothers and improve sanitation during the Civil War.  Mother’s Day as we know it today, in the United States, was first celebrated in a Methodist church because of the efforts of Jarvis’s daughter Anna, on May 10, 1908.  It was made legal by Presidential Proclamation in 1914, when the 2nd Sunday in May was set aside to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is on the following days:

May 13, 2012

May 12, 2013

May 11, 2014

May 10, 2015

May 8, 2016

May 14, 2017

May 13, 2018

May 12, 2019

May 10, 2020