In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law that the second Sunday in May  is to be Mother’s Day.  A day to celebrate all the hard work that our mothers have done for their families and society.

The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in Philadelphia on May 10, 1908.

According to the , various tasks Moms perform at home would be worth $59,862 (down from $60,182 in 2012) a year in the professional world.

  • 141 million Mother’s Day cards are exchanged annually in the United States.
  • Consumers purchase an average of 2.8 Mother’s Day cards.
  • Approximately 65% of card sales occur five days prior to Mother’s Day.
  • More people purchase fresh flowers and plants for Mother’s Day than for any other holiday except Christmas/Hanukkah. Mother’s Day accounts for one-fourth of all holiday sales of flowers and plants.

Other countries celebrate Mother’s Day at different times.

  • In the U.K., flowers and gifts were traditionally brought to mothers on Mothering Sunday, which  falls on the 4th Sunday in Lent.
  • In Greece, the Orthodox celebration of the presentation of Jesus Christ to the temple on 2 February is Mother’s Day.
  • Bolivia uses  May 27th as Mother’s Day. It is the date of a battle where women participated the Battle of Coronilla.

Mother’s Day in most Arab countries is celebrated on 21 March. It was introduced in Egypt by journalist Mustafa Aminin his book (Smiling America) 1943.  It was first celebrated on 21 March 1956.

  • February 12 – Norway
  • March 3 – Georgia
  • March 8 – Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Vietnam.

Photo credit: