The Mother's Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis, who began campaigning for a memorial day for women after the death of her mother. She succeeded in making it a nationally recognized holiday on May 8th, 1914, when the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mo s ther' Day. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first national Mother's Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers who had lost their sons in war.
The carnation flower has come to represent Mother's Day since they were delivered by Anna at one of its first celebrations. The carnation was her mother's favorite flower and came to be a symbol of the purity of a mother's love. The holiday is celebrated around the world on various days throughout the year. To this day, Mother's Day continues to be one of the most commercially-successful U.S. holidays, also serving as the most popular day of the year to dine out!