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Mother's Day - 2016 May 8
Mother's Day / Mothering Sunday Date UK : 6th March - 2016

Mother's Day Date USA : May 8 - 2016
Mother's Day, a day for Mom, is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May, every year, all over the world as a public expression of our love, affection and reverence for the mothers. It is a day when children honor their mothers with Mother’s day cards, gifts, and Carnation flowers. This flower was chosen to represent the sweetness, purity and endurance of mother love. However, the red carnation has since become the symbol of a living mother while white signifies that one's mother has died.

Celebrate Mother's Day! And honor your Mom with favorite gifts, heartfelt sentiments, and time well spent together.

In ancient Greece, the people paid tribute to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, every spring. A little later in the 1600’s, it is noted that England paid homage to mothers on "Mothering Sunday," the fourth Sunday of Lent. In the past a bunch of violets or other small posies were the traditional gifts and children away from home, especially daughters in domestic service, normally returned to their family for this day.

In the Church calendar, Mothering Sunday, or Mid-Lent Sunday, as it is also known, commemorated the banquet given by Joseph to his brethren, since this forms the first lesson of the day, and also the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, the story of which forms the gospel for the day.

In the U.S. Mothers' Day is a holiday celebrated on second Sunday in May. First observance in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1907, base it on suggestions made by Julia Ward Howe in 1872 and Anna Jarvis in 1907.

In 1908 Ana Jarvis, from Grafton, West Virginia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Anna Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year, 1908, Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.

In 1910 the governor of West Virginia issued the first Mother’s Day proclamation. Oklahoma celebrated Mother's Day that year also. By 1911 every state observed Mother's Day. The Mother's Day International Association was incorporated on December 12, 1912, with the purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mother's Day.

President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day a national observance that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May. Many other countries of the world celebrate their own Mother's Day at different times throughout the year.
Mother’s Day Quotes
God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. -Jewish Proverb

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
-Marion C. Garretty

Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.
-T. DeWitt Talmage

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.
-William Makepeace Thackeray

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.
-Mildred B. Vermont

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
-Oprah Winfrey

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
-Chinese Proverb

You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.
-William D. Tammeus

A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done.
-Author Unknown

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.
-Irish Proverb

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes

The sweetest sounds to mortals given Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
-William Goldsmith Brown

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.
-Peter De Vries

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam.
-Lord Langdale

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
-Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

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