Translation Services and Mother’s Day

I am fully aware that Mothering Sunday was over a month ago and that Father’s Day is yet to come… But I have been thinking about writing a blog post about this for a long time. Today I finally found the time to sit down and write it. Apologies if it is a bit late/too early, depending on when you read this.

So, it all started in early April with me seeing pink cards, presents, cakes and all sorts of gadgets suddenly blossoming in any shop in town. When I saw the signs for Mother’s Day, I panicked because I did not remember that it was so early. But then I remembered that Italy and the UK have different dates to celebrate their parents. This year Mothering Sunday was on 17th April. Whereas in Italy we celebrated our mums a bit later, on 8th May.

Mother’s day or Mothering Sunday

The origins of both these dates are very interesting. In the UK, Mother’s Day is actually called Mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day changes every year as it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This date originated in the 16th century, when people would go and visit their home church – also called Mother Church – over Lent. That was seen as an important occasion for mothers to meet their children, who might be working as maids and helpers in far away estates. I find this quite sweet, to be honest. Of course this celebration has now turned into a more commercial occasion. One girl working as a florist told me she really dislikes that Sunday because it is the busiest time of the year for her. But it is still interesting to investigate the origins of those celebrations.

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In Italy, the date of the Festa della Mamma changes every year too, as it happens on the second Sunday of May. The idea belongs to a priest in Assisi, in the central region of Umbria, who in 1957 decided to celebrate mums. His idea was successful and spread throughout the country. However, as in the UK, Mother’s Day is always at a time when Spring is coming and life is blossoming again, which links to the ancient cults of the Earth as a Mother.