May 2001
No. Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
18 29 30 1 2 3 4 5
19 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
20 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
21 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
22 27 28 29 30 31 1 2
  • In 2001 year Mother's Day fell on
    second Sunday of May

Mother's Day dates in the following years:

Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
May 2025
11
May 2026
10
May 2027
9
May 2028
14
May 2029
13
The dates the holiday is observed are marked with a dotted line (applies to federal holidays). Date calculations are based on your computer's time.

Mother's Day 2001

Sunday, May 13 Mother with child Photo by matheuslotero

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.

Robert Browning

Mother's Day is a holiday celebrated annually as a tribute to all mothers and motherhood. It is celebrated on various dates in many parts of the world. Although the origins of the holiday date back to the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the modern form of the celebration of Mother's Day in the United States began in the early 20th century.

Modern history

Mother's Day was originally observed in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia, as a memorial service by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. Ann Reeves Jarvis had established Mothers' Day Work Clubs in five different cities years earlier. Following the memorial, Anna Jarvis initiated a campaign to establish Mother's Day as a national holiday. Her efforts proved successful in 1914, when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

Mother's Day around the world

In contemporary times, Mother's Day is celebrated in over 150 countries worldwide, albeit on different dates. While countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, and several European nations commemorate the day on the second Sunday of May, many African countries celebrate it on March 21st. Interestingly, the origins of this African date back to ancient Egypt, where it was observed to honor the goddess Isis, who was regarded as the mother of all pharaohs.

In the UK, Mother's Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent, while in Mexico, it is observed on May 10th every year. In Thailand, Mother's Day is celebrated on August 12th, the birthday of Queen Sirikit, who is regarded as the mother of the nation.

In essence, the dates of Mother's Day around the world may vary, but the sentiment behind the occasion remains the same - to express gratitude, appreciation, and love for the mothers and mother figures who have nurtured and supported us throughout our lives.

Interesting facts about Mother's Day

  • Anna Jarvis (woman who founded Mother's Day) believed it became too commercialized by 1920s and fought to have it abolished [1].
  • The original Mother's Day proclamation by Anna Jarvis in 1908 included a request for a white carnation to be worn as a symbol of the holiday. Today, carnations are still commonly used as a symbol of Mother's Day.
  • In the USA, Mother's Day is one of the biggest holidays for phone calls, and Father's Day is the busiest day for collect (reverse charge) calls [2].
  • Typically, 30% less is spend on Father's Day gifts than on Mother's Day gifts [3].
  • Mother's Day is the most popular day of the year to dine out in the United States with almost 40% of consumers doing so [4]. Accordingly, it is also the busiest day of the year for KFC [5].
  • Mother of John and Clarence Anglin, 2 of the 3 men who ever escaped from Alcatraz, received flowers anonymously every Mother's Day until her death in 1978. The interesting thing is her sons were officially reported to have drowned in San Francisco Bay while escaping in 1962 [6].

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