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History of Mothers Day
History of Mother's Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival celebrated by Greeks to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess some 250 years before Christ was born. The more recent history of Mothers Day dates back to 1600s in England where people celebrated the 4th Sunday of Lent as "Mothering Sunday" to honor the mothers of England. However, Mothers Day celebration as it is seen today is a recent phenomenon and not even a hundred years old. Thanks to the hard work and persistent efforts of Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis that the day came into existence.

In the United States, the idea of celebrating Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe as a day dedicated to peace. An activist, writer and poet Julia shot to fame with her famous Civil War song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic”. To generate awareness about the noble idea, Julia wrote a passionate appeal to women and urged them to rise against war in her famous Mothers Day Proclamation, written in Boston in 1870. She also initiated a Mothers' Peace Day observance on the second Sunday in June in Boston and held the meeting for a number of years. Her idea spread but was later replaced by the Mothers' Day holiday now celebrated in May.

It is Ms Anna Jarvis who is recognized as the ‘Mother of Mothers Day' and the ‘Founder of Mothers Day' in US. Ms Jarvis got the inspiration of celebrating Mothers Day from her own mother Mrs Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis in her childhood. When her mother died in 1905, Anna resolved to fulfill her mother's desire of having a Mothers Day. To begin with, Anna sent Carnations in the church service in Grafton, West Virginia to honor her mother. Carnations were her mother's favorite flowers and Anna felt that they symbolized a mother's pure love. Later, Anna along with her supporters wrote letters to people in positions of power to lobby for the official declaration of Mothers Day holiday. The hard work paid off. By 1911, Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state in the United States and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

At present, Mothers Day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honor their mothers and thank them for their constant and unconditional love and support. As a token of their love people gift flowers, cards and others gift to mothers on the Mothers Day.

To help you express love and appreciation for your Mom on Mother's Day, Indian Gifts Portal brings for you a wide and exclusive range of Mother's Day Special Gifts. Browse through the most irresistible and thoughtfully prepared collection and select the most special gift for your loving mom. With Indian Gifts Portal you may send gifts anywhere in India or around the world!!
When is Mothers Day ?
Mother's Day is on May 13, 2007, Sunday
Most countries across the world celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in the month of May. The particular day was declared as the official day for Mother's Day celebrations by US President Woodrow Wilson by signing a Joint Resolution on May 8, 1914.

Following the tradition that started in US, a large number of countries around the world began to celebrate Mother's Day to pay tribute to their Moms. Many of these countries also adopted the US Mothers Day date of second Sunday of May for Mother's Day celebrations in their own countries. At present, besides US Mothers Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May in several countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Turkey and India.

However, it may be noted that several countries around the world celebrate Mother's Day on a different day and even different time of the year. At several places even the method of celebrations varies. But what is remarkably same, are the feelings behind the idea of celebrating Mother's Day. Everywhere in the world, people celebrate Mother's Day to express gratitude and love for their mother and to make them feel special.
Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is an ideal occasion to express love for your mom and to show gratitude for her constant and unconditional love and support. The best way to so would be to spend time with mom and pamper her with thoughtful Mother's Day Gifts. In case you are not able to arrive at a perfect Mother's Day Gift Ideas here are some tips and suggestion to guide and inspire you.

Tips for Selecting Mother's Day Gift

  • Most important, keep your mother's choice in mind. Remember, the gift is meant to delight Her.
  • Think if there is something your mother needs or has been planning to buy since long, for that much-needed clue.
  • Remain within budget. Your mother will appreciate the feelings behind the gift more that the gift itself.
  • Shopping online will help you to browse through a range of gift items and decide on the most suitable and special Mother's Day present for your loving mom.
  • Personalized gifts are more appreciated on an emotionally charged occasion such as Mother's Day.
  • A gift that can be treasured for long would help your mom to cherish it for a long time.
  • Complement the gift with a card that expresses your love for mother.

For the beautiful occasion of Mother's Day, Reliable has prepared a most thoughtful and artistic collection of Mother's Day Gifts. Please browse through the various gift categories for a terrific shopping experience and to select the most special gift for your mom. With Indian Gifts Portal you may send Mother's Day Gifts anywhere in India or across the world. You would surely be delighted with our efficient and prompt delivery system.

Mothers Day Quotes
Here is a collection of selected Mother's Day quotes to help you cherish the joy of having a mother and appreciate her importance in your life. You may quote these Mother's Day Quotations in the gift tag or in the Mother's Day card to express love and affection for your mom.

This heart, my own dear mother, bends,
With love's true instinct, back to thee!
Thomas Moore

All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother.
Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
George Washington, U.S. President

Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly.
Sarah Malin

To the world you might just be one person,
but to one person you might just be the world.

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
Jewish Proverb

Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.
T. DeWitt Talmage

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves.
Henry Ward Beecher

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.
Lin Yutang, Chinese writer

Making a decision to have a child--it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
Tenneva Jordan

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
Chinese Proverb

A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done.

Are we not like two volumes of one book?
Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.
Mothers Day Poems
Express love and affection for your Mom in words with these beautiful Mother's Day Poems ! You may recite these poems or quote them in your Mother's Day Card to let her know much she means to you. Another wonderful idea would be to gift your mothers day poetry written by you! She would feel overwhelmed with the sweet gesture.
M - O - T - H - E - R
"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell
A word that means the world to me.
Howard Johnson (c. 1915)
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