Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10

In the United States, Mother’s Day, a day honoring mothers and motherhood, is celebrated each year on the second Sunday in May. This year, the holiday falls on Sunday, May 10

About 10 WAYS TO CELEBRATE with your MOM on MOTHER’S DAY 2020 . Mother’s Day is celebrated on May 10, 2020. This year, many of us are rethinking how to give extra recognition to moms, especially if separated. Check out 10 fun ideas for spending time with Mom—from a virtual dinner date to a long-distance movie night to a Zoom talent show! 

mother's day poems
Untitled Poem, Sarah Malin
Your arms were always open when I needed a hug.
Your heart understood when I needed a friend.

THE HISTORY OF MOTHER’S DAY

The day was first celebrated in 1908 when a woman named Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her mother had passed away in 1905 and she had started a campaign to recognise Mother’s Day as a holiday in the United States.

Mother’s Day started as an anti-war movement. Anna Jarvis is most often credited with founding Mother’s Day in the United States. Designated as the second Sunday in May by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, aspects of that holiday have since spread overseas, sometimes mingling with local traditions

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What Do People Do?

Many people remember their mothers and mother figures on Mother’s Day. Mother figures may include stepmothers, relatives, mothers-in-law, a guardian (eg. a foster parent), or a family friend. There are many different ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. They include (but are not limited to):

  • Giving cards, flowers, or cakes.
  • Family gatherings or visits.
  • Family breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and dinners either at home, at a café or at a restaurant.
  • Personal phone calls, particularly from children who live away from their mothers and/or mother figures.
  • Mother’s Day poems and messages.
  • Gifts of chocolate, jewelry, accessories, clothing, hobby equipment or tools, handmade items, or gift vouchers.
  •  A day at the movies with mothers and/or mother figures.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in different countries, including China where carnations are popular Mother’s Day presents. Some groups in Samoa organize elaborate song and dance performances throughout the country. They celebrate the contributions that mothers make to Samoan society.

Public Life

Mother’s Day falls on different days depending on the countries where it is celebrated. It is held on the second Sunday of May in many countries, such as Australia, Canada and the United States. It is held exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday in the United Kingdom. Sundays are usually non-school and non-working days in these countries.

Mother’s Day is an annual public holiday in countries such as Costa Rica (August 15, on the same day as Assumption Day), Georgia (March 3), Samoa (second Monday of May), and Thailand (August 12). Restaurants and cafes may be busier than usual as some people take their mothers out for a treat.

MOTHER’S DAY 2020

Mother’s Day celebrates motherhood and is a day to make an extra-special effort to recognize and appreciate mothers’ roles in our lives. Often this day is extended to generations of mothers—grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers—as well as to mother figures. 

In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May. Although Mother’s Day is a national holiday widely observed in the U.S., it is not a federal or public holiday (when businesses are closed).

YearMother’s Day
2020Sunday, May 10
2021Sunday, May 9
2022Sunday, May 8

10 WAYS TO CELEBRATE MOM

In 2020, given the COVID-19 crisis, many of us are rethinking how to give extra recognition to moms, some of whom are in the high-risk age range. 

  • Most moms simply wish to connect with their children and spend time with family in any way possible—if not in person, then with a phone call or video chat. 
  • If your mom is at home, give her a day off from any family chores, especially during this difficult time. Someone else can take full responsibility for making or serving the food, clearing and cleaning the dishes, and doing the laundry. Volunteer!

This probably covers the big stuff, but here are 10 more ways to treat Mom!

Mother’s Day Best Gifts That Are as Unique and Heartfelt

Without a doubt, Mother’s Day is the occasion to show your mom — biological or otherwise — how much she means to you. But really, how can you properly say “thank you” to the woman who gave you the gift of life? Start with one of these Mother’s Day gifts to celebrate mom the right way. This list is full of gift ideas for every type of woman: the one who relies on you to share the buzziest beauty trends, the one who loves spending time in the kitchen, and the one who wears her heart on her sleeve.

While some of these picks are better suited to be given by sons and daughters, all of them can work for grandmas, mother-in-laws, aunts, stepmoms, and godmothers, too. Before you browse, think about what kind of gift the lady in your life would love to receive on her special day — something meaningful, something that she can use in her garden, and so on — and go from there. Don’t let the importance of the holiday intimidate you: No matter your budget, mom will love whatever you give her, especially since it was chosen with care.

The Best Virtual Mother’s Day Cards You Can Send Mom for Free

It goes without saying that this year’s Mother’s Day is different than most: families are divided, local businesses are closed, and community events — activities like brunches, concerts, and runs —are canceled. No matter if you’re hunkering down at home with your mom or spending the holiday away from the women — mom, grandma, mother-in-law, and other motherly figures — in your life, it’s just as (if not, more) important to celebrate the holiday in a big way.

Since many areas of the country have been advised to reserve shopping trips for essential items only, this Mother’s Day is all about stretching your creativity andcrafting skills. Luckily, several brands are here to help you out: Browse through these free virtual Mother’s Day cards from Hallmark, 1-800-Flowers, and more until you find something that best suits your relationship. Some of these Mother’s Day eCards can be sent via email, which is ideal if you’re celebrating miles away from your special lady. But if you’re planning on spending the day with her, there are several printables that can be downloaded, printed, colored, and delivered IRL. But remember, the best Mother’s Day gift you can give is one from the heart, so make sure to fill these cards with messages that she’ll cherish most.11-800-Flowers

Here at the Almanac, we shared some of the happiest or funniest memories of our own mothers. We welcome your happy memories and stories, too! (Please share in the comments below.)

My mom sang a lot around the house and I thought she made up all of the songs. When I got older, I started to hear those same songs on the radio and was like “Hey, … !”
–Sarah P., Almanac editor

When I was a teenager, my mother went back to college to get her Master of Library Science—studies that required her to learn how to program computers. This put me in the unique position of being able to help my mother with her homework.
–Peter R., Almanac programmer

When I was young and all of my older siblings were in school, my mom and I would have breakfast by the kitchen window and watch the hummingbirds. We loved watching the hummingbirds!
–Colleen Q., Almanac art director

We went to Ocean City, Maryland, every summer for a week on the beach. My mom went out on the beach every sunny day and sat there, under a big umbrella. She never got a tan (she had very fair skin and burned easily). No one can remember her ever going into the water. Not once.
–Tim C., Almanac editor

Some of my happiest memories are singing songs with Mom as she played the piano. She also encouraged me to play. Even though it was a struggle at times, I am glad to have had lessons, not only because I discovered how to play an instrument but also because I learned how to read music and how the notes worked together to make a melody.
Heidi S., Almanac editor

My Mom and I have what we’ve always kind of called “our psychic connection” because it always seems like she will call me when I’ve been thinking of her a lot that day, or I’ll call her and she’ll say she’d been thinking of me. It seems like my daughter and I also have the “psychic connection”!
—Stacey K., Almanac staff

Before I started school, Mom took me to the library every week to take out five books and return the five books from the prior week. We’d read together almost every day. 
–Colleen Q., Almanac art director

Together, let’s honor the women who raised us—making sacrifices for us every day and nurturing our families and greater communities.

mother's day poems
“A Mother’s Love,” Helen Steiner Rice
A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,

It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may,
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away,

It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking,

It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns
,And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems,

It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation,

A many splendored miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God’s tender guiding hand.

mother's day poems
“A Thank You Note,” Lang Leav
You have told me
All the things
I need to hear
Before I knewI needed to hear them
To be unafraid
Of all the things
I used to fear,
Before I knew
I shouldn’t fear them.
mother's day quotes
“I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone,” Rainer Maria Rilke
I want to mirror your image to its fullest perfection,
never be blind or too old
to uphold your weighty wavering reflection.
I want to unfold.
Nowhere I wish to stay crooked, bent;
for there I would be dishonest, untrue.
I want my conscience to be
true before you;
want to describe myself like a picture I observed
for a long time, one close up,
like a new word I learned and embraced,
like the everyday jug,
like my mother’s face,
like a ship that carried me along
through the deadliest storm.
mother's day poems
“Mother O’ Mine,” Rudyard Kipling
If I were hanged on the highest hill,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
I know whose love would follow me still,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
If I were drowned in the deepest sea,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
I know whose tears would come down to me,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
If I were damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!

Symbols

There are various ways to show an appreciation for mothers on Mother’s Day. They include white carnations, which Anna Jarvis asked to be the official symbol for the day, as well as the International Mother’s Day Shrine. This shrine is dedicated to the preservation of motherhood. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States. It is located together with a museum at Grafton, West Virginia, and aims to preserve, promote and develop the spirit of motherhood.

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