Mother’s Day returns, like every year, on the second Sunday of May. The whole world celebrates the maternal figure, motherhood, and the social role of mothers, some on the same day as “Mother’s day”, some on dates that differ slightly: the recurrence however has a spring cadence linked to the cycle of natural rebirth after a long winter. Furthermore, the association of the festival with spring flowers that the earth gives us after the winter rest is not accidental. Read more in Mom’s blog easytobemom.com.
Globally, the festival and its annual recurrence originate between the end of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century, while in Italy Mother’s Day has been celebrated since the 1950s. The rite of honoring the figure of the mother, however, has very ancient origins: the Greeks already dedicated a day in honor of the parent with the celebrations in honor of Rhea, the mother of all gods.
Today Mother’s Day represents an important anniversary on the calendar, so much so that it is considered one of the most important of the year. It is a secular festival that is particularly felt and celebrated with events that embrace profound emotional meanings, social values and commercial implications.
On Mother’s Day, gifts, flowers, sweets and cards are vehicles of love that reach the most remote corners not only of the world, but also of the heart. At school, in the weeks leading up to this important date, the children work hard to create chores and phrases overflowing with love.
Thoughts and attentions are also in the soul of older children and affectionate family members who wish to honor their mother worthily, one of the fundamental figures in the life of each of us.
The simplest yet most significant gift is represented by flowers: whether they are roses or floral compositions, the message of love and dedication chooses the flowery way to express itself at its best. If you are undecided, your trusted florist will advise you on the most suitable choice for a floral tribute that goes straight to the heart.
Wildflowers, roses, lilies, daisies, tulips, violets or lush plants: choose according to your taste or the taste of the mother and follow the heart. Add a card with a love message and Mother’s Day will be unforgettable. Do not miss a delicate cake or creamy mignon and the party will be very sweet.
If you want to add a charitable purpose to the floral gift, for years the AIRC – Italian Association for Cancer Research has been promoting the purchase of azalea in many squares in Italy to symbolize, together with Mother’s Day, the fight against tumors. The proceeds will go to research and you will have contributed to making the anniversary an important moment of reflection.
In terms of reflections, in the festive atmosphere, attention could take second place on the social role played by the mother figure in society, not only for individual families, but for all communities. It is good to remember that mothers often take on commitments and responsibilities to which bodies and municipalities are unable to respond adequately.
In many cases, mothers make an obligatory choice: abandoning work to devote themselves completely to their children because the services available to families are insufficient. Or, those who were once young mothers are now grandmothers who amply compensate for the gaps in a welfare system that does not offer answers in line with the needs of families.
Motherhood still seems like a difficult condition to deal with, almost an obstacle to professional life. If we then compare the condition of Italian mothers with that of European and American mothers, another element emerges on which to dwell: Italian women struggle much more, given that much more often they deal with domestic life alone.