In honor of various goddesses,  ancient Greeks and Romans celebrated mothers on a special day, as did Christians (during  Lent in honor of Mother Mary). The holiday became known in England as  Mothering Sunday.

In the United States, the designation of a special Mother’s Work Day began in late 19th Century Appalachia as an effort to increase awareness of poor health conditions.

In 1914  Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May,  became a national holiday.