Some inspirational sayings for a mother are "All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother," by Abraham Lincoln; "God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers," by Rudyard Kipling; and "Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all," by Oliver Wendell Holmes. These quotes are popular during Mother's Day.
Mother's Day is a day that honors one's own mother, all mothers, motherhood, maternal bonds, and the contribution and influence of mothers in modern society. It is celebrated in March in some countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, many parts of eastern Europe and the Arab region, but celebrated in May in many more places around the world such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, and many parts of Asia, such as the Philippines, Japan and China. Almost all of South America and Western Europe also celebrate it in May.
Mother's Day started in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century when Anna Jarvis of West Virginia campaigned in 1905 to make it a holiday in honor of all mothers, whom Anna called "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world." By the 1920s, the holiday took on a commercial tone when Hallmark and other companies started to sell pre-made Mother's Day cards, gifts and carnations, in contrast to Jarvis's intention that people honor their mothers by handwriting a personal letter expressing their love and gratitude. As of 2015, Mother's Day is one of the most commercially successful holidays in the U.S. and its non-stop promotion by commercial and flower industries is credited for ensuring that it continues to be celebrated for a long time.