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Don’t miss this important holiday

Never get caught off guard for Mother’s Day again!

No matter where you are in the world, there is a day to celebrate mom. While it might not be on the same day around the world, there is a universal appreciation for mothers everywhere. But in America, it was only in 1914 that Mother’s Day was recognized as a national holiday. After the death of Ann Reeves Jarvis (the woman who began “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children) in 1908, her daughter Anna Jarvis sought out host a celebration to thank mothers everywhere for all they do. She held the first Mother’s Day celebration in a Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia with financial backing from Philadelphia retail owner John Wanamaker. Thousands also congregated in Philadelphia at Wanamaker’s retail store for a Mother’s Day celebration of their own.

After Jarvis successfully held her first Mother’s Day, she sought out to make it a national celebration. After years of lobbying, she finally got the attention of President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. He proclaimed that the second Sunday in May, no matter what the date, would belong to moms across the nation. Hence, this is why Mother’s Day changes every year. This year Mother’s Day falls on:

May 14, 2017

Forgetting mom on Mother’s Day is akin to a mortal sin. Program these dates into your calendar so you can remember to give her extra love on these extra special days:

  • Mother’s Day 2018
  • Mother’s Day 2019
  • Mother’s Day 2020

From Mother’s Day menus and party ideas to the best cocktail recipes, we’ve got you covered. Find all this and more on The Daily Meal’s Mother’s Day Recipes & Menus Page.

Mother's Day 2021

In 2021, Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 9. A day to honor mothers has existed for as long as, well, there have been mothers. How can we give extra recognition to moms, especially if we’re apart? Check out 10 really creative (and virtual) ideas for celebrating your Mom—who simply wants to spend time with you!

When Is Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day celebrates motherhood and is a day to make an extra-special effort to recognize and appreciate mothers’ roles in our lives. Often this day is extended to generations of mothers—grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers—as well as to mother figures.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May. Although Mother’s Day is a national holiday widely observed in the U.S., it is not a federal or public holiday (when businesses are closed).

Mother’s Day Dates

The History of Mother’s Day

Festivals honoring mothers in ancient times were often tied to gods and goddesses. The Phrygians held a festival for Cybele, the Great Mother of the Gods. The Greeks and Romans also honored the mother figure of their gods. Even today, an important festival in India, Durga-puja, honors the goddess Durga.

During the Middle Ages, people would return to their home or “mother” church once a year during the middle of Lent. (Back then, children would often leave to work at the tender age of 10!) Historians theorize that it was the return to the “mother” church that led to the tradition of children getting the day off to visit their mother and family.

In 16th-century England, this celebration became “Mothering Sunday.” Children—mainly daughters who had gone to work as domestic servants—would be given the day off on the fourth Sunday of Lent to return to their mothers and home parish. The eldest son or daughter would bring a “mothering cake,” which would be cut and shared by the entire family. Family reunions were the order of the day, with sons and daughters assuming all household duties and preparing a special dinner in honor of their mother. Sometime during the day, the mother would attend special church services with her family.

Mothering Sunday was also known as Refreshment Sunday the fasting rules were relaxed for that day. (Often, the gospel for the day was about Jesus feeding the crowd with loaves of bread.) The traditional cake, called a Simnel cake, is a fruit cake with two layers of almond paste. The cake was made with 11 balls of marzipan icing on top, representing the 11 disciples. (Judas is not included.) Traditionally, sugar violets would also be added.

In the United States, three women were most instrumental in establishing the tradition of Mother’s Day: Ann Reeves Jarvis, Julia Ward Howe, and Ann’s daughter, Anna M. Jarvis. Learn more about these three great women who fought for children’s welfare, health and peace.

10 Ways to Celebrate Mom

The past year’s been a challenge. Many of us are rethinking how to give extra recognition to moms. Some of us are apart from our moms when we’d normally be together.

How Can We Celebrate Differently?

  • Most moms simply wish to connect with their children and spend time with family in any way possible—if not in person, then with a phone call or video chat!
  • If your mom is at home, give her a day off from any family chores, especially during this difficult time. Someone else can take full responsibility for making or serving the food, clearing and cleaning the dishes, and doing the laundry. Volunteer!

This probably covers the big stuff, but here are 10 creative ways to reach out to mom to show her a little extra comfort, love, and recognition. After all, moms are always there for us!

1. Offer yard and garden services.

  • If you’re local, give Mom a “gift certificate” for your family’s yard and garden services. Help her by laying down mulch. Put the “certificate” in a flower pot with spring-planted bulbs which flower in summer.
  • If you’re not local, how about a subscription to The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner? Any gardener would love it! And it’s an instant present without shipping!

2. Decorate your mom’s door or give flowers!
If you’re local, you can have fun decorating your mom’s front door with streamers, special signs, a wreath, and flowers! If you have kids, get them involved! Mom or grandma will love the surprise.

Of course, flowers and plants are always a delight. If you’re local, deliver plants to her porch in person. If you’re not local, there’s always delivery in most places (but order well enough ahead!).

  • A rose bush or geranium plant is always welcome.
  • Or, perhaps a dogwood or flowering shrub for her garden would be appreciated.
  • Buying cut flowers? See the symbolic meanings of common flowers!
  • Here’s another idea! Make a bouquet with the monthly birth flowers of each child.

3. Cook for Mom or set up a virtual brunch date.

  • If your mother is living with you, breakfast in bed is always a classic and appreciated. Something simple is fine for this, such as toast or a croissant with jam or fruit and a cup of coffee or tea. Or, if she’s not fond of eating in bed, how about preparing a sit-down brunch? Here are 15 delicious brunch ideas.
  • If you’re not with mom in person, how about a virtual brunch date? We suggest these Champagne Mimosas. You can drop off the ingredients at her door if she’s local, or send the recipe in advance to everyone! Then Zoom with the entire family and raise a glass to mom!
  • If your mom is local, drop off a casserole dinner. It’s great comfort food, and you can put it all together to drop off on her porch! See 15 casserole recipe ideas.
  • Or, bake a cake! Traditionally, children in England always baked a cake for their Mother’s Day. If you like this tradition, here’s a truly delicious (and better than boxed) cake recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake. We also love Nana’s Funny Cake.

Frittata de Nonna. (Nonna means grandmother in Italian.)

4. Give your mom a long phone call or put on a virtual talent show!

  • Talk to her (or videochat) and make her laugh. Perhaps throw in some good “mom jokes.”
  • Put on a talent show! It can be simple. Sing a song, show off some gymnastics, play an instrument.

5. Watch a movie or show together, side by side.

  • If you’re all at home in one place, have a movie that night, complete with theater treats.
  • If you’re in separate locations, watch the same movie on your computers at the same time. Or, start a marathon of your favorite TV series while indulging in a glass of wine or cup of tea.

(Did you know? Netflix also has a way to watch together online. If you and your mom have a Netflix account and Chrome installed on her laptop or desktop, you can watch a movie together! There is even a group chat function for commenting live during the movie from wherever you are in the world. See Netflix Party.)

6. Get creative: Make Mom a video, a music playlist, or a piece of art!

  • Record a video from all of the children. They can each say “Happy Mother’s Day” and why they appreciate her. You can always use iMovie to splice videos together on your phone.
  • Or, make a tape or a music playlist. You could gather calming songs for bedtime, such as the sound of the seas. Or, you could gather her very favorite songs from the era that she loves most. (If your mom has an iPhone, create a special iTunes playlist that will get emailed to her.)
  • How about a special work of art for Mom? For example, paint the outside of a terra-cotta flower pot and fill it with garden seeds and a card. Or, make a beautiful photo frame with your family photo inside. You can find many ideas on Pinterest and elsewhere on the Web.

7. Get outside! Go for a stroll in the park or how about packing mom a picnic?

  • Fresh air always lifts the spirit. There’s plenty of room to spread out and enjoy nature! Spring is a wonderful time to visit a park.
  • How about packing a simple picnic? If mom’s living nearby, drop off a picnic basket on her porch! If you’re living together, pack a cooler for a beautiful drive through the countryside. Here are great picnic food ideas.

8. Make a homemade gift!

You don’t need to go out to a store and buy a gift. Mothers love gifts from the heart.

Here are some fun craft projects—including gifts from the kitchen as well as DIY beauty products for a home spa basket!

If you wish to buy a gift online, how about jewelry with her child’s birthstone?

  • For example, if your birthday is in August, give your mother peridot stud earrings. She’ll always think of her dear child when she wears them. See birthstones by month if you’re not sure of your birthstone or its meaning. Many small online businesses offer free shipping. Etsy is also a great place to find unique jewelry and help support small businesses at the same time.

9. Travel virtually to a museum or garden together!

Even if you’re not together, the wonders of technology make so much possible today! More and more museums are opening up their “walls” to offer virtual tours during this time!

  • Set up a Mother’s Day date for you and your mom to visit the Louvre in Paris! Or how about the Vatican in Rome? Or, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City?
  • Would you rather take in the marvels of nature? Check out this Nature Conservancy virtual field trip in Oklahoma!
  • Is mom a garden lover? The famous Holland tulip farm Keukenhof has created a virtual tulip tour since they can’t welcome visitors in person! You could also visit Monet’s Gardens in France to see the waterlillies! Or, how about taking a virtual trip to Hawaii to see tropical flowers?

10. Make your own card.

  • Don’t forget to send a card in advance! In our home, it’s a tradition to make a homemade card every year. Moms love homemade! Here’s one way to make Homemade Note Cards.
  • Wondering what to write in the card? How about sharing a funny story or happy memory of you and your mom? It will make her smile!

Here at the Almanac, we shared some of the happiest or funniest memories of our own mothers. We welcome your happy memories and stories, too! (Please share in the comments below.)

My mom sang a lot around the house and I thought she made up all of the songs. When I got older, I started to hear those same songs on the radio and was like “Hey, … !”
–Sarah P., Almanac editor

When I was a teenager, my mother went back to college to get her Master of Library Science—studies that required her to learn how to program computers. This put me in the unique position of being able to help my mother with her homework.
–Peter R., Almanac programmer

When I was young and all of my older siblings were in school, my mom and I would have breakfast by the kitchen window and watch the hummingbirds. We loved watching the hummingbirds!
–Colleen Q., Almanac art director

We went to Ocean City, Maryland, every summer for a week on the beach. My mom went out on the beach every sunny day and sat there, under a big umbrella. She never got a tan (she had very fair skin and burned easily). No one can remember her ever going into the water. Not once.
–Tim C., Almanac editor

Some of my happiest memories are singing songs with Mom as she played the piano. She also encouraged me to play. Even though it was a struggle at times, I am glad to have had lessons, not only because I discovered how to play an instrument but also because I learned how to read music and how the notes worked together to make a melody.
–Heidi S., Almanac editor

My Mom and I have what we’ve always kind of called “our psychic connection” because it always seems like she will call me when I’ve been thinking of her a lot that day, or I’ll call her and she’ll say she’d been thinking of me. It seems like my daughter and I also have the “psychic connection”!
—Stacey K., Almanac staff

Before I started school, Mom took me to the library every week to take out five books and return the five books from the prior week. We’d read together almost every day.
–Colleen Q., Almanac art director

Together, let’s honor the women who raised us—making sacrifices for us every day and nurturing our families and greater communities.

Of course, if you are a mother, all of us at The Old Farmer’s Almanac wish YOU a very Happy Mother’s Day!

When Is Mother's Day in 2021? Here's What to Know

Learn the surprising story behind the holiday you know and love.

It's true: You may not need a special date on the calendar to encourage you to tell your mother how much you appreciate her. Heck, with all she's done for you, it's probably all you can do to keep from celebrating her daily. But as Mother's Day rolls around each year, you'll likely be grateful for the reminder. What better opportunity to thoroughly, fully express your love to the woman who made you the person you are today?

Of course, in order to celebrate Mother's Day properly, you're going to have to understand when to celebrate it. After all, you can't give Mother's Day gifts or host a Mother's day brunch party&mdasheven a socially distanced one&mdashwithout first choosing a date! So. when is Mother's Day in 2021, anyway? And come to think of it, whose idea was it to create this holiday in the first place?

You'll find both questions answered below, along with a brief history of this day&mdashincluding its surprising origin story. Get ready for a serious plot twist.

When is Mother’s Day in 2017?

If yes, you have come to the right place. Mother’s Day in 2017 will be observed on Sunday, 14th May.

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.

Every year on the fourth Sunday in Lent, people show their appreciation to their mothers with gifts. However, Mother’s Day in 2017 will be observed on Sunday, 14th May. Some people give cards, flowers, or chocolates, and/or make handmade items or special meals on Mother’s Day. Others take their mothers or mother figures to the movies, a restaurant, café, or a day in a park.

Some mothers also receive special gifts such as jewelry, clothing, accessories, and gift vouchers for services or products. It is the time for people to thank mothers who took the time care for them and help them through life’s challenges.

This page provides information about ‘Mother Teresa’ and also contains her quotations and favorite sayings. Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Mother Teresa was born at Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Yugoslavia. She joined an Irish order of nuns serving in Calcutta, West Bengal, India, with a purpose to serve the poor. She received medical training in Ireland …

The term “Mother” is equally sweet and has the same significance and meaning all over the world though the pronunciation and spelling may differ. ‘The role of mother is same in each part of the globe and so is her importance for the child. But there is a major difference in the term used to …

Mother's Day 2017

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

It was first celebrated in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis who, in turn, many years earlier had founded Mothers' Day Work Clubs in five cities. Anna Jarvis began a campaign to make the Mother's Day a national holiday and she succeeded in 1914 when the U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May a Mother's Day.

Mother's Day around the world

Nowadays Mother's Day (or a similar event) is celebrated in more than 150 countries around the world, although at different dates. Many countries, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and many European countries, celebrate Mother's Day on second Sunday of May. On the other hand, in many African countries it is celebrated on 21 March. To summarize, most of the Mother's Day dates around the world fall in May or in March.

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].
  • 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].


  • [1] Jonathan Mulinix, The Founder of Mother's Day Later Fought to Have It Abolished.
  • [2] Pallavi Gogoi, Father's Unspectacular Day, Bloomberg.
  • [3] Phil Izzo, Number of the Week: Spending Less on Father’s Day, The Wall Street Journal.
  • [4] Mother's Day Dining Fact Sheet.
  • [5] Chris Fuhrmeister, KFC Is the Mother's Day Destination.
  • [6] June 1962 Alcatraz escape, Wikipedia.

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Salads to Start

If you’re looking for a lettuce-based salad, you can try our smoky Caesar, which swaps anchovies for canned smoked trout, or this Little Gem salad (pictured) with toasted spice vinaigrette from Aria Adjani—the homemade sourdough croutons add an extra special touch, and leftover spiced dressing can be used as a marinade for chicken or fish. Andrea Slonecker’s broccoli rabe and avocado salad with herby molten eggs, on the other hand, gets the bulk of its greens from the cruciferous vegetable, as well as minced fresh chives and chopped flat-leaf parsley.

Our bright spring vegetable and herb tabbouleh salad also includes several fresh herbs—parsley, cilantro, and mint—with the addition of seasonal green vegetables like asparagus and sugar snap peas.

Passage des Perles

Maybe that's the wrong question. Do you enjoy Mother's Day?

The event is a dual celebration: of one's own mother, and, for women who are mothers, of their motherhood. The general idea is to give the role some props for many days—hell, probably the rest of the year—a mother is appreciated amid a blur of runny noses, I-need-a-costume-for-the-spring-pageant and "He started it."

It is also, of course, a marketing weapon beginning a month ago, my inbox delivered the imperative to buy Mom a scarf or monogrammed tote bag.

Typical Gummy Lump

The sweetness of small children presenting what Robert Ludlum called the Gummy Lump—an art project notable mostly for its heartfelt effort—eyes shining with pride and love, was a fine moment.
In a different manner than the hysterical excitement of Christmas, Mother's Day engages the young in giving, and there is no bouquet as touching. Children tend to overlook our flaws.

By the teenage years, Mother's Day celebrations devolve to maybe a brunch out, if the kid is awake by noon, but Mom is fêted just the same. Or not quite the same adolescence is another planet.

A mother in the thick of child-rearing might prefer a gift certificate for nine consecutive hours of sleep, but in reality, is offered handmade cards, and that's just fine. I am embarrassed to recall that one of my school Mother's Day projects was a clay ashtray stencilled with our mother's name, but times have changed, as have family units.

Modern families have found variations (and some skip the whole thing). A lesbian couple I know celebrate Mothers' Day, with the appropriate punctuation. Others have expanded the celebration to include stepmothers, aunts or "honourary mothers", to thank women essential to their children, no matter how they came to the family.

Women near my age lucky enough to have a mother still here give an extra serving of affection, which is harder for some mother-child relationships than others. Marilyn's mother was definitely lax, and even absent, for many of those years the relationship is still under construction. Marilyn arranges for the delivery of pink baby roses (Mum's favourite) when the second Sunday of May rolls around. The accompanying card does not call her "#1 Mom", but conveys good will. Compassion is a precious gift.

Other graceful gestures may mark the day. For years, when we lived in the same city, I would find a small gift—a few daffodils, or a copy of a poem she liked—on my doorstep every Mother's Day morning. Ruth would do the same for at least a dozen other friends.

The child of a single mother, and a single mother herself, Ruth wanted to celebrate friends who had by choice or chance become mothers, to encourage us in our efforts, and to remind us to sleep. eventually.

As Mother's Day approaches, I think about my mother more than usual, of the years when I gave (and sometimes withheld) that appreciation. My father always gave her a gift, too one year, it was a box of Cuban cigars. (She did not smoke by then.)

How to Celebrate Mother's Day

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Mother’s Day 2021 falls on Sunday, May 9, and Mothering Sunday is on the 14th of March. As which ever of these days you recognise draws near, you'll probably find yourself planning how to celebrate. You likely want to make your mom feel super special, and there are lots of ways to do that. Whether or not you have money to spend, you can show your mom how much you love and appreciate her.

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