This Sunday offers a special opportunity to show how much you love your mum. Perhaps you will celebrate Mother's Day with a family outing. Or maybe you will buy her a bunch of flowers or a necklace with your pocket money. Whatever your plans, do you know what most mothers expect from their children? 'Usually, my sister and I will dine out with mum and dad on Mother's Day,' says Ho Wing-yin, 20. 'We also buy her a gift, like a bracelet or a handbag.' On the contrary, Queenie Yip Wing-ki, 16, says she will not buy her mother a gift this year because she is busy with exams. She said: 'But I have designed a card for her. Mother's Day is just another day - if we love our mothers, every day can be Mother's Day.' Most mothers agree with that sentiment. Joyce Tang Kam-har says what she wants most is for her daughter to do her best in the exams. 'I have never expected expensive gifts from her as she is just a student. In the past she has given me cards and hand-made things. It's not the price that matters but the love that goes into it.' Mrs Liang, who has a 13-year-old daughter, also does not need a gift. 'I only wish my daughter health and happiness. That will be my greatest gift. I believe that most parents do not really expect anything from their children.' In fact, the practice of giving gifts on Mother's Day even enraged one of the founders of the custom, which originated in the United States. About 150 years ago, Anna Jarvis, a housewife, organised a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community and called it 'Mother's Work Day'. When she died in 1905, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to commemorate the work of her mother. She lobbied influential people, including presidents William Taft and Theodore Roosevelt, to create a special day for mothers. Anna persuaded her mother's church to celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill making Mother's Day a national day. Soon it spread around the world. At first, people observed Mother's Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards, presents and flowers. However, Anna did not like the commercialised gift-giving associated with Mother's Day. In 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's Day festival and was even arrested for disrupting a convention selling carnations for war mothers. Before she died in 1948, Anna is said to have regretted ever starting the Mother's Day tradition. So let's think about it - when we buy gifts for our mums, perhaps we should also reflect on the real meaning of Mother's Day.