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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day occurs the second Sunday of May. This holiday keeps the nation’s card and gift stores almost as busy as Valentine’s Day, since mothers are very important in American culture. It has been an official public holiday in the United States for more than 100 years.

The ideal for Americans on Mother’s Day is to arrange a special dinner with “Mom,” perhaps taking her to a restaurant, or having a family dinner together. Distance, of course makes this impossible in many instances. As a result, telephone lines and even the Internet see substantial traffic this day.

Mother’s Day is also an important commercial event, often punctuated by “Mother’s Day sales,” often of clothing. Florists also do particularly well on Mother’s Day, given the custom of presenting the mother with flowers, traditionally carnations.

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