Mother’s Day 2024: When is Mother’s Day This Year?

Updated: March 19, 2024 | Published:

Mother’s Day is a special day to honor the incredible women in our lives. This year, it falls on a specific date – but when exactly? Discover the date, the rich history of Mother’s Day, and unique ideas to make this celebration unforgettable for your mom.

When is Mother’s Day 2024?

In the United States, Mother’s Day 2024 will be celebrated on Sunday, May 12th. Remember that the date changes annually, always falling on the second Sunday of May.

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History of Mother’s Day: A Deeper Look

Mother’s Day has roots reaching back to ancient times, with celebrations honoring mother goddesses. The modern Mother’s Day as we know it emerged in the US through the efforts of Anna Jarvis. She campaigned tirelessly to establish a day recognizing mothers following the death of her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared it a national holiday.

  • Ancient Roots: Many cultures held festivals honoring mother goddesses and maternal figures throughout history.
  • Mother’s Day Work Clubs: Precursors to modern Mother’s Day, these clubs organized by Ann Reeves Jarvis (Anna Jarvis’s mother) focused on public health and community concerns.
  • Commercialization: While now heavily marketed, Mother’s Day began as a grassroots movement. Handmade gifts and experiences are still treasured ways to celebrate.
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Mother’s Day Around the World

Mother’s Day is a cherished tradition worldwide, though dates and customs vary. Here’s a peek at how other countries celebrate:

  • United Kingdom (Mothering Sunday): Honors the Virgin Mary, held on the fourth Sunday of Lent (March or April).
  • Mexico (Día de la Madre): Always celebrated on May 10th.
  • Thailand: Celebrates Queen Sirikit’s birthday (August 12th), making it a dual celebration of mothers and the Queen.
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10 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

  1. Breakfast in Bed: Pamper mom with a delicious breakfast.
  2. Meaningful Gift: Choose a gift reflecting her interests.
  3. Handmade Card: Get creative with a heartfelt card.
  4. Family Outing: Plan a fun activity the whole family enjoys.
  5. Spa Day: Gift her a relaxing spa experience.
  6. Help with Chores: Take over her usual tasks for the day.
  7. Write a Letter: Express your gratitude and love.
  8. Cook Her Favorite Meal: Prepare a special dinner.
  9. Share Memories: Reminisce over photo albums.
  10. Spend Quality Time: Simply being present is the best gift of all.

Looking for ways to make Mom feel special? Here are ideas tailored to her style:

  • Pampering Gifts: Spa treatments, cozy robes, luxurious bath products.
  • Experiences: Tickets to a show, a planned day trip, a class she’d enjoy.
  • Thoughtful Gestures: Heartfelt letters, framed photos, helping with a project.
  • The Adventurous Mom: Hiking gear, travel accessories, a subscription box for outdoor adventures.
  • The Homebody Mom: Gourmet treats, cozy blankets, plants or décor for her space.
  • The Sentimental Mom: Personalized jewelry, a custom family portrait, a memory box.
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Is Mother’s Day a Public Holiday?

While Mother’s Day is widely celebrated in the US, it’s not a federal public holiday. Businesses generally remain open.

Mother’s Day 100 Year Calendar (From 1950 to 2050)

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Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to shower the moms in your life with love and appreciation. Whether you choose a grand gesture or a simple act of kindness, make this Mother’s Day a memorable celebration of the amazing women who nurture and guide us.

FAQs about Mother’s Day

  1. When is Mother’s Day in other countries?

    Dates vary around the world. Check online for country-specific dates.

  2. How did the tradition of giving flowers on Mother’s Day begin?

    Anna Jarvis used white carnations to honor her mother, and the tradition grew.

  3. What are some unique Mother’s Day gift ideas?

    Consider personalized items, experiences, or donations to her favorite charity.

  4. Is there a traditional Mother’s Day flower?

    White carnations were favored by Anna Jarvis, but any blooms Mom loves are perfect.

  5. How can I involve young children in Mother’s Day celebrations?

    Finger painting cards, “helping” bake simple treats, or picking flowers are sweet ways to include the little ones.

  6. How can I celebrate Mother’s Day if we live far apart?

    Video calls, sending a care package, or writing a heartfelt letter are all meaningful long-distance gestures.

  7. What’s the difference between Mother’s Day and Grandparents’ Day?

    Grandparents’ Day (established in 1978) is a separate celebration in September honoring grandparents.


About Amy T. Smith

Amy is a mother, writer, and your go-to expert for real-life insights into parenting, health, and lifestyle. Amy holds a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University and prides herself on finding actionable tips and relatable tales.

Through her blog, AmyandRose, she supports you from pregnancy to the teenage years, offering assurance that your experiences are shared.

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