Note to our students: In spite of what you might see or hear on the web or on the news, Mother's Day has no ties to the ancient cultures. People love to credit the ancients with everything. But they did not invent everything. There's lots of room for new inventions, and new holidays are being created all the time. Perhaps the next one will be created by you!
Mother's Day is a modern holiday.
Here's how Mother's Day got started: Anna Jarvis, an American woman, believed that all of us forget sometimes to thank our Moms for all they do for us. (True enough!) Anna Jarvis worked very hard to convince the American people that we needed one day set aside each year, for each of us to do just that, to truly and sincerely thank our own Mom to strengthen family bonds.
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first Mother's Day proclamation, stating that the observance serves as a "public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country." (This was more of a political statement than an explanation of the holiday, but it made it official.)
Here's a site to visit that is full of Mother's Day ideas: Kids Turn Central