While celebrations of mothers and motherhood have occurred around the world for millennium, its more modern celebration that we are familiar with today began with its adoption in the United States when it was first observed in 1908 at the St. Andrew’s Methodist Church – now home to the International Mother’s Day shrinein Grafton, West Virginia. Unfortunately like the failed attempt a month later by this same state to also have Father’s Day recognized, they were met with a recalcitrant Congress who rejected the proposal. However thanks to the tireless efforts of Anna Jarvis – founder of the Mother’s Day International Association which holds the trademark for the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day,” all of the U.S. states would observe Mother’s Day by 1911, but would have to wait until 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation establishing it as a national holiday, and has since been adopted by many countries around the world.

So if today coincides with your country’s celebration of this day remember to give your mom a call and thank her for everything she’s done for you.