Azalea flowers and homemade cakes: these are the symbols of Mother's Day which takes place in Italy on the second Sunday in May. In our beautiful country as well as in the rest of the world, this holiday is loved by everyone and is celebrated according to different customs and traditions.
The figure of the mother is irreplaceable everywhere, and she is celebrated everywhere; let's take a look at how. Are you ready? Let's go.
The first stop isEngland, where Mother's Day originated back in the 1600s. Mothering Day or Mothering Sunday was a mother-child day when children studying at college came home to spend the day with their mothers; she was given gifts and help with household chores. Today, the tradition has not changed, in fact children often honour their mothers by decorating their homes and giving them a special cake made of candied fruit and sultanas.
From Great Britain, we travel to Ethiopia, where Mother's Day lasts three days and is celebrated to the sound of dancing, singing and feasting. This celebration is particularly intense in this country as it coincides with the end of the rainy season: for the Ethiopian people, the Mother is not only a symbol of femininity but also of fertility.
In Egypt, Mother's Day was associated with the religious cult of Isis, the ancient Mother Goddess, only since 1956 has it been included in the Egyptian calendar in a more modern sense.
Thailand celebrates both the birthday of Queen Sirikit, the mother of the current King, and all mothers in the country on this day. How? With parades, decorations and shows. In the days leading up to the festival, the city of Bangkok is decked out in white and blue cloths, the colours of the queen, while on the 12th of August, the date of the festival, the capital is ablaze with lights and fireworks.
Finally, we arrive in Mexico, where "El dia de la Madre" is a riot of colour and joy, thanks to dances and popular songs that rage through the streets of all the cities.
It's a case of "when in Rome, do as the Romans do!"
So, no matter where you come from or what the traditions are in your country, a mother is always a mother and herrole is unique and essential to everyone and deserves to be celebrated every day.