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  • U.S.
    Sunday Jun 02, 1872

    Mother's Day (United States)

    U.S.
    Sunday Jun 02, 1872

    In 1872 Julia Ward Howe called for women to join in support of disarmament and asked for 2 June 1872, to be established as a "Mother's Day for Peace".




  • U.S.
    1905

    Ann Reeves Jarvis

    U.S.
    1905

    Her campaign to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died.




  • Grafton, West Virginia, U.S.
    1908

    The First Celebration

    Grafton, West Virginia, U.S.
    1908

    The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.




  • Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., U.S.
    1908

    Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother's Day an official holiday

    Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., U.S.
    1908

    In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother's Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a "Mother-in-law's Day".




  • West Virginia, U.S.
    1910

    The First State Officially Recognizing Mother's Day

    West Virginia, U.S.
    1910

    The first state officially recognizing Mother's Day as a local holiday being West Virginia, Jarvis' home state, in 1910.




  • U.S.
    1911

    The Efforts of Anna Jarvis

    U.S.
    1911

    Owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother's Day as a local holiday.




  • U.S.
    1912

    Second Sunday in May, Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis, Founder

    U.S.
    1912

    In 1912 Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrase "Second Sunday in May, Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis, Founder", and created the Mother's Day International Association.


  • U.S.
    Sunday May 10, 1914

    A National Holiday to Honor Mothers

    U.S.
    Sunday May 10, 1914

    In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.


  • U.S.
    1914

    Spelling

    U.S.
    1914

    Jarvis specifically noted that "Mother's" should "be a singular possessive, for each family to honor its own mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world." This is also the spelling used by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in his 1914 presidential proclamation, by the U.S. Congress in relevant bills, and by various U.S. presidents in their proclamations concerning Mother's Day.


  • Brazil
    Sunday May 12, 1918

    The First Mother's Day in Brazil

    Brazil
    Sunday May 12, 1918

    The first Mother's Day in Brazil was promoted by Associação Cristã de Moços de Porto Alegre (Young Men's Christian Association of Porto Alegre) on 12 May 1918.


  • U.S.
    1920s

    Mother's Day Cards

    U.S.
    1920s

    By the early 1920s, Hallmark Cards and other companies had started selling Mother's Day cards.


  • U.S.
    1920s

    The Companies had Misinterpreted and Exploited the Idea of Mother's Day

    U.S.
    1920s

    Jarvis believed that the companies had misinterpreted and exploited the idea of Mother's Day, and that the emphasis of the holiday was on sentiment, not profit. As a result, she organized boycotts of Mother's Day, and threatened to issue lawsuits against the companies involved.


  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    1923

    Protesting

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    1923

    Jarvis protested this idea (the companies had misinterpreted and exploited the idea of Mother's Day) at a candy makers' convention in Philadelphia in 1923.


  • Czech Republic
    1923

    Mother's Day (Czech Republic)

    Czech Republic
    1923

    In the Czech Republic, Mother's Day is celebrated every second Sunday in May. It started in former Czechoslovakia in 1923.


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    1925

    Protesting

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    1925

    Jarvis protested this idea (the companies had misinterpreted and exploited the idea of Mother's Day) at a meeting of American War Mothers in 1925.


  • Hungary
    1925

    Mother's Day (Hungary)

    Hungary
    1925

    It was first celebrated in 1925 by the Hungarian Red Cross Youth.


  • Brazil
    May, 1932

    Mother's Day (Brazil)

    Brazil
    May, 1932

    In 1932, President Getúlio Vargas made the second Sunday of May the official date for Mother's Day.


  • Italy
    Sunday Dec 24, 1933

    Mother's Day (Italy)

    Italy
    Sunday Dec 24, 1933

    Mother's Day in Italy was celebrated for the first time on 24 December 1933 as the "Day of the mother and the child" (Giornata della madre e del fanciullo).


  • Egypt
    Wednesday Mar 21, 1956

    Mother's Day (Egypy)

    Egypt
    Wednesday Mar 21, 1956

    The idea (Mother's Day) was first ridiculed by president Gamal Abdel Nasser but he eventually accepted it and Mother's Day was first celebrated on 21 March 1956.


  • France
    1956

    Mother's Day (France)

    France
    1956

    In 1956, the celebration was given a budget and integrated into the new Code de l'action Sociale et des familles.


  • China
    1977

    Mother's Day (China)

    China
    1977

    In 1997 Mother's Day was set as the day to help poor mothers and to remind people of the poor mothers in rural areas such as China's western region.


  • Georgia
    1991

    Mother's Day (Georgia)

    Georgia
    1991

    Georgia celebrates Mother's Day on 3 March. It was declared by the first President of Georgia Zviad Gamsakhurdia in order to replace the International Women Day, and it was officially approved by the Supreme Council in 1991.


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