Mother's Day has been celebrated in various forms throughout history, but the modern holiday has its origins in the United States. The person who is generally credited with the idea of creating a special day to honor mothers is Anna Jarvis.
Anna Jarvis was inspired to create Mother's Day as a way to honor her own mother, Ann Jarvis, who had been a peace activist during the Civil War and had later worked to improve public health and sanitation. After Ann Jarvis passed away in 1905, her daughter Anna began campaigning for a national holiday to honor mothers.
Anna Jarvis organized the first official Mother's Day celebration in 1908, in her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia. She continued to promote the idea of a national holiday to honor mothers, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day in the United States.
Over time, Mother's Day has become a global celebration, with many countries adopting the holiday and adapting it to their own cultures and traditions. Today, Mother's Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries, but the idea of honoring and appreciating mothers remains a universal one.