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MOTHER’S DAY IN ITALY May 8, 2008

Filed under: Mother's day — Gina @ 10:40 pm

Tutti i nostri lavori preparati per le nostre mamme:

All our works we made for our mums:

And Now some historical news about this festivity!

“On the second Sunday of May ,In Italy and in the world, children of all ages bring flowers, sweets, gifts and small attentions to their mothers. The origins of this feast are lost over the centuries and the peoples, to go back to the ancient Greeks and ancient Romans, who at this time  celebrated the divinities related to fertility.  It’s in May, in fact, that the awakening of nature becomes more evident and joyful, in the explosion of the colours and scients, circulated by the first hot air. The rural and pastoral world , whose life was deeply tied to the seasons and climate, could only greet with feasts and festivals the end of winter, and the next maturing crops, carefully prepared during the coldest months.”

 from http://www.italiadonna.it/public/percorsi/02009/02009001.htm)

 

Along the course of time this feast has evolved  by the religious tone in a festive mood, sometimes even in the festival. In Italy was celebrated for the first time in 1957 by Don Otello Migliosi in Assisi, in the small village of Tordibetto where he was pastor. Migliosi celebrated it on the second Sunday of May

( from http://www.haisentito.it/articolo/festa-della-mamma-le-origini-e-le-date-di-tutto-il-mondo/9364/ )

Once upon a time the anniversary had a fixed date: May 8. Then they chose to adopt a different model, the second Sunday of May one.

( from http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festa_della_mamma#cite_note-0 )

Classe 5^A-Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia”-Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia

 

 

4 Responses to “MOTHER’S DAY IN ITALY”

  1. ivasil Says:

    I like this tradition. We do lovingly celebrate our mums on March 8th, but this is included in the International Woman’s Day and I think mothers deserve a celebration of their own Maybe more than once a year!
    Irina

  2. Liliana Says:

    Fathers, too!🙂
    We actually don’t have a Father’s Day. Do you have it in your countries?

    Liliana&the kids

  3. Gina Says:

    We have “Father’s Day” in Italy: it’s on 19th March! At school
    children make for the father the same things they make for the mother: little handmade gifts, poems, cards, drawings… .
    Gina

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