Mother’s Day is observed on the second Sunday of May in Italy. This is the same date as in most other countries that celebrate such a holiday. Mother’s Day only became a tradition in Italy starting in 1957 due to the efforts of a Catholic priest from Assisi, but the great love Italians have for their mothers soon caused it to take deep root.
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In Italy, Mother’s Day is not nearly so commercialised as in the US and many other Western nations. It is more relaxed. It’s just a day to spend time with Mum and let her know she is appreciated.
Children may write poems for Mum and give her flowers or candies. Many times, schools organise this poetry writing and have other Mother’s Day events scheduled in the days leading up to Mother’s Day. For adults, calling Mum on the phone and visiting her for the whole day if possible is what Mother’s Day is all about.