Soutache Jewellery and the Mother’s Day
What can I say about Mother’s Day? More of all that has still been said? It is really hard and not easy. But for those who know me a little bit, they know that I like to search for the sources, for the origins.
This time too, I will not betray your expectation and I will make a short essay about that.
Far away doing the usual and sticky glorification, I would like to focus the readers’ attention to its history.
The origin of this day, which falls every year on the 2nd May’s Sunday, is not really happy.
The United States was the first country that adopted this anniversary. In the state of Virginia, a human rights activist, Ann Reeves Jarvis, began to organize women’s clubs that had the aim to support the less wealthy families, trying to get better their sanitary conditions and to reduce the childhood death rate.
During the Civil War (1861-1865), these clubs took care of the injured soldiers, and in the post-war years, they became real pacifist nucleus, that promoted the reconciliation between the two enemy fronts.
In the 1868 Jarvis and the various clubs’ members declared the Mother’s Friendship Day, with the main purpose to bring back together the relatives, which the war had separated.
But was only Ann’s daughter, Anna, that, at Ann’s death, proclaimed the Mother’s Day. In her mind this day should not be a celebration of all the mothers, but only of her mother.
In fact is Mother’s Day and not Mothers’ Day.
The first celebration was the 10th May 1908, but in a little while this day became so popular that the USA’s president, Woodrow Wilson, officially reserved the second May’s Sunday to this special event.
In Italy the Mother’s Day settled only in the Fifties. It arrived on the American meaning wake, but here, it was elevated to a higher religious meaning too: the Christian value of the Mother (in the catholic tradition, May is the month of the Virgin Mary).
The fascist regime, pursuing the strategy to promote the demographic growing and to have got more arms and brains for its politics, established, in December, the first national day of the Mother and Child.
After the 2nd World War, the Mother’s Day came back to be a laic celebration, empty from all political meanings.
The festivity event found again its place in the 2nd May’s Sunday, with Ann Jarvis’s blessing.
A curiosity: in the Arab countries this day coincides with the 21st March, the vernal equinox.
We have to remember and respect all the year long our mother!! Both: the lucky ones, those who still have, and the less fortunate, those who have lost theirs.
Why don’t honour your mother with a Southache present, also in another day of the year?
It’s always time to say: thank you!