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