Carnations signify purity, faith, love, beauty and charity. Carnations are the most gifted flower at Mother's Day, with pink carnations having the most significance.
Legend has it that they first sprouted from the Virgin Mary's tears shed over Jesus' death – making them the symbol of a Mother's undying love.
In most countries Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May - among them are Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, most European countries, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, and the USA. Most Arab countries celebrate Mother's Day on March 21st (the vernal equinox).