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Mother's DayMother's Day is a holiday in several nations around the world, celebrated in the United States, Canada, and several other countries on the second Sunday in May, to celebrate motherhood. Other countries use different dates (see below). Often the mother receives gifts.
In 1907 Mother's Day was first celebrated in a small private way by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, to commemorate the anniversary of her mother's death two years earlier on May 9, 1905. Jarvis's mother, also named Anna Jarvis, had been active in Mother's Day campaigns for peace and worker's safety and health. The younger Jarvis launched a quest to get wider recognition of Mother's Day. The celebration organized by Jarvis on May 10, 1908 involved 407 children with their mothers at the Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton. The following campaign to recognize Mother's Day was financed by clothing merchant John Wanamaker. As the custom of Mother's Day spread, the emphasis shifted from the pacificism and reform movements to a general appreciation of mothers. The first official recognition of the holiday was by West Virginia in 1910. A proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day was signed by U.S. president Woodrow Wilson on May 14, 1914.
A tradition calls for the wearing of carnations on Mother's Day—a red one if one's mother is alive, and white if she has died.
The second Sunday of May will fall on the following dates in the next few years:
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