Mother's Day is the sweetest holiday of the year which is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May and was first established in 1908.
For that day, young and old from all over the world honor their mothers with a thought, a note, an affectionate gesture towards the one who gave us life.
The origins of Mother's Day are very ancient and have their roots in Greece and ancient Rome where female divinities and fertility were celebrated in the spring months.
In pre-Hellenic civilization, the female divinity was celebrated as a symbol of prosperity and fertility.
Between the 19th and 20th centuries the foundations were laid for what is considered the current Mother's Day. The pacifist Ann Reeves Jarvis together with her daughter Anna, at the end of the American civil war, had promoted a series of mother's parties (meetings and picnics) with the aim of promoting friendship between the mothers of Northerners and Southerners, to encourage reconciliation.
Also around that time, in 1870, the American poet Julia Ward Howe wrote the "Mother's Day Proclamation", in which she urged women to take an active role in the pacification process between American states.
Following an increasing number of events dedicated to the mother, the American President Woodrow Wilson formalized the party in 1914 on the second Sunday of May (since Ann Jarvis had died at that time of the year), a date that was then adopted by many other countries.
MOTHER'S DAY IN ITALY
Mother's Day arrives in Italy in 1933, during Fascism, when the “Mother and Child's Day” is celebrated on 24 December. From that moment, every Christmas Eve, mothers are celebrated for propaganda reasons, especially the most prolific ones.
In the second half of the 1950s, two mothers' feasts began to spread: one organized by the parish priest of a fraction of Assisi for religious reasons, to celebrate motherhood in its Christian and inter-religious value; the other in Liguria, for commercial reasons, promoted by florists. Both were celebrated in May, the month dedicated to the Madonna for the former, and a period full of flowers for the latter.
From 1959 the festival took hold and was celebrated for several years on May 8 and then moved on to the second Sunday of May, as was already the case in other countries of the world.
THE WORKS FOR MOTHER'S DAY
Mother's Day is a great opportunity to entertain the little ones, involving them in activities and creative works to do together at home.
Here are some fancy ideas:
ME AND MY MOM
Have your child make a drawing to express their creativity and why not do it together! a classic but always very sweet idea.
Threads of wool, elastic bands, a piece of colored fabric, buttons, shells and a little bit of vinyl glue are some of the magical ingredients for the realization of the design.
THE "EMBROIDERED" T-SHIRT
For a particularly creative day, donate your own white or plain t-shirt to your children.
Take the permanent markers for fabrics and make a nice design in the shirt customizing it to your liking.
THE TIN OF MEMORIES
Take a tin or glass jar, paint it and glue on it the memories of your last summer vacation together or the last walk in the countryside: leaves, dried flowers or shells, pebbles, beads, etc.
The jar will become perfect as a makeup brush holder, pen holder or candy holder!
THE BEADED NECKLACE
The little ones will get help from their dad, the older ones will be able to do it on their own: with the beads make a personalized necklace or a beautiful bracelet with your child.
Space for imagination in the choice of colors and types, perhaps choosing your favorite colors.
Which gift do you prefer?