The cynics suggest that Mothers Day was invented by the greeting card companies but in fact Mothers Day dates all the way back to the ancient Romans who paid tributes to Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated a Mother's Day of sorts during a festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honour of Mary, mother of Christ.
However the person accredited with introducing what we now know as Mothers Day was President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 when he designated the second Sunday of every May as Mothers Day.
"Now, Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the said Joint Resolution, do hereby direct the government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings and do invite the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country."
That was the first official Mother's Day and the tradition carries on to this day. In fact, Mother's Day has flourished in the United States and all over the world. The second Sunday in May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to honour and to express appreciation to their mothers.