Holidays & Special Occasions

Haha no Hi (Mother’s Day)

Mother’s Day is a universal celebration worldwide, dating back to ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. In the United States, the tradition of Mother’s Day was founded by Anna Jarvis. After her own mother’s death in 1905, Jarvis began a campaign to memorialize the life of her mother because of her mother’s untiring dedication to her eleven children. Jarvis used white carnations as a symbol for mothers because of their sweetness, purity, and endurance. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday.

In Japan, Mother’s Day, or “haha no hi,” was introduced after World War II. On this day, it is customary to give red carnations to mothers. Children between the ages of six and fourteen also have an opportunity to honor their mother by entering a drawing of her in an art contest. An exhibit of these drawings often travels from country to country, so that a universal appreciation for mothers can be shared around the world.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the Museum Store has put together some unique gift ideas to honor moms everywhere.

To make your Mother’s Day gift-giving even easier, we have gift wrapping and gift packaging services available on many of our gifts. Visit our Gift Wrapping & Packaging page for more information.

Check our Holiday Shipping Deadlines to make sure you allow enough time for Mother’s Day delivery.

April 2002


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