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Ana Jarvis, a community activist from occidental Virginia, who lost her mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis, in 1905; sent requests to politicians, lawyers and other important people to commemorate mothers’ day every second Sunday of May, date that coincided with her mother’s death anniversary.

Mother's Day


Anna Reeves Jarvis

Ana Jarvis, a community activist from occidental Virginia, who lost her mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis, in 1905; sent requests to politicians, lawyers and other important people to commemorate mothers’ day every second Sunday of May, date that coincided with her mother’s death anniversary.

She managed to get the Mother’s Day International Association started in 1912 with the goal of promoting her initiative. In 1914, the Congress of the United States of America passed the date as Mother’s Day and it was declared a national holiday.

This was supported by the President of the USA. Afterwards, other countries also embraced this initiative and soon Ana could see that over 40 countries around the world were celebrating the day.

May for most of the countries

Germany, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, United States, Finland, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, Turkey, Uruguay & Venezuela: the second Sunday of May

Most of the countries in South America, as well as Mexico, Chile, Bahrain, India, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates: May 10th.

Spain, Hungary, Portugal, South Africa: 1st Sunday every May

Antwerp, Belgium & Costa Rica: August 15th

Albany: March 8th

Argentina: 3rd Sunday of October

France: 1st Sunday of June or the last Sunday of May

Indonesia: December 22nd

Lebanon: 1st day of spring

Norway: 2nd Sunday of February

Poland: May 26th

Samoa: May 14th

Sweden: last Sunday of May

Thailand: August 12th, Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara’s birthday

United Kingdom: formally Mothering Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent

Bolivia: May 27


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