Mother's Day 2011
This year Mother's Day will be
celebrated on May 8th.
Every year this celebration of mothers takes place on the second Sunday of
May. If you don't live near your
Mom, it's traditional to give her a call, but don't be surprised if you can't
get through right away, because more phone calls are placed on Mother's Day
than any other day of the year.
The tradition of this holiday
seems to have stemmed from an English celebration in the 1600's honoring the
mothers of England called, "Mothering Sunday." Employees were given the day off to visit their mothers, and
many people gave their mothers a special treat called a "Mothering Cake." With Christianity came a different
celebration called "Mother Church," which honored the spiritual protection from
the church. This holiday
eventually combined with "Mothering Sunday" to form one day of
In 1872, a Boston poet and
suffragist named Julia Ward Howe organized "Mother's Day" meetings in an
attempt to create a day for peace.
You're probably more familiar with her for the song lyrics she wrote for
the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
In 1907, a woman from Philadelphia, named Ana Jarvis,
started a campaign for National Mother's Day to be held on the second day of
May in honor of her mother. Her
mother, also named Ana, died two years earlier in 1905. She gave her daughter the idea after
she organized a "Mother's Friendship Day" to heal lingering emotional wounds of
the Civil War.
Finally in 1914, Woodrow Wilson
made an official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day a national holiday. West Virginia was the first state to
recognize the holiday, and today the holiday has spread beyond the USA to
countries such as Australia and Denmark, which also celebrate Mother's Day on the
second Sunday of May.
Source: Biography.com, Holidays on the Net
Links for Mother's Day
Mother's Day on the Net
A comprehensive site, this is the
place for ideas on how to celebrate this holiday. Create special cards, read a story written by a mother, or
read poems. Download a mother's
day movie or listen to holiday music.
Reading Level: Easy
Read online stories, print out a
card or certificate for Mom, or send an e-card. A book list, clip art and computer programs are also
Reading Level: Easy