11. Mother's Day – A Holiday to Honor Motherhood
Mother's Day is a holiday that celebrates and
mothers in the United States. It is celebrated
the second Sunday in May. It became an
holiday in the country at the start of
20th century as a way to honor mothers
sons had died in war.
The holiday is
in a number of ways. People give mothers
like flowers, cards, and jewelry to thank them
all their hard work. A popular symbol of
holiday is the carnation. This is because when
holiday first began in the U.S. people were
to wear a red carnation if their mother
alive or a white carnation if their mother
dead. Many people take their mothers out for
special meal. In fact, Mother's Day is the
popular date in the U.S. for people to
out and eat and it is estimated that
spend billions on meals and gifts. Mother's day
also the most popular day to make long
calls in the U.S. It is the second
popular gift-giving day after Christmas.
Since its establishment,
's Day has been criticized for becoming highly commercialized.
fact, the founder of the U.S. holiday, Anna
, began protesting the holiday and was even arrested
disturbing the peace for demonstrating. Jarvis's own mother
the campaign to establish a mother's holiday during
American Civil War.
Mothers are not the only
celebrated on this day. All mother figures including
, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers are honored on
holiday. In schools many students make special gifts,
handmade cards. While widely recognized, Mother's Day is
a federal holiday. Many other countries around the
have their own version of Mother's Day.