In Italy today, Sunday 19 March, is fathers day. Messages, sweets (especially St. Joseph’s zeppole), gifts: social media (and others) are filled with good wishes. And yet, while in Italy the fathers were thanked, abroad there are those who have celebrated mom. Like the British royals who published a photo of Kate together with her three children, George, Charlotte and Louis on the Twitter profile of the Duke and Duchess of Wales, wishing the Duchess best wishes.
The reason? In the United Kingdom and Ireland today is celebrated Mother’s Day. Unlike Italy, in fact, the celebration falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent and is therefore a “mobile” holiday that changes from year to year. Originally called “Mothering Sunday”, the day is typically dedicated to visiting the church of origin, to be clear the one in which one is baptized. And the dads? To them, in the United Kingdom as in many other countries, including the United States, is dedicated the third Sunday of June.
In Italy however, as in many other countries including the USA, Mother’s Day is traditionally celebrated on the second Sunday of May.