Whether she's from Italy or would like to be, whether she has Italian in her family history or she'd like to put down roots there - and wherever in the world she may be right now - here are some ideas for celebrating your mother - in Italian style!
As you read through the page, you'll find images with typical Italian Mother's Day greetings. Feel free to Pin them for reference later, when you come to write your mamma a card - or even a poem!
Many stereotypes exist about the Italian mamma. What is certainly true, though, is that wherever in the world they may be, Italian mothers are still the main focus of the family and family traditions.
Although mothers are respected and appreciated all year round, the "official" Mother's Day - known as "La Festa della Mamma" - is celebrated in Italy at the same time as in the USA: on the second Sunday in May.
It's not a public holiday, but it's certainly a time when families try hard to come together to celebrate.
There's a lot of misinformation on the Web that the modern Mother's Day is rooted in ancient Roman culture. But although the Romans did pay homage to Juno and Cybele, their goddesses of motherhood and marriage, they did so earlier in the year - reflected in the current celebration of Mothering Sunday in the UK in March.
There's no indication, though, that the modern Italian celebrations have anything to do with past ancient history. In fact, the very first "Mother's Day" was introduced by the Fascist regime in 1933 as "La Giornata della madre e del bambino" - the day of the mother and child - a tribute to all mothers bearing good fascist sons to perpetuate the regime.
There was an early tradition that Italian people should return to their "Mother Church", the giver of spiritual life, once a year. Families would descend on their own parish churches and afterwards, have a meal together before returning to their place of work.
It's true that many mothers in Italy go to church on Mother's Day - it always being a Sunday. And of course, as a Catholic country Italy reveres the Madonna and child.
And in 1957 - 50 years after the institution of Mother's Day in the USA - a priest in the hill town of Assisi decided that the day should be used to celebrate women and their contribution to family and community life.
It was so popular that the following year, a petition was presented to Parliament and the second Sunday in May was declared officially "La Festa della Mamma".
And the rest, as they say, is history.
The difference about Mother's Day in Italy is that it's not the big commercial production to be found in the US or the UK.
You may find cards in some shops in the larger cities, but you won't find the kinds of massive displays of gifts everywhere.
Instead, Mother's Day here is what it was always designed to be: a day for mothers to be both celebrated and cosseted.
That's not to say it's not a big occasion though - it certainly is one of the most loved days in the Italian year, coming after only Christmas and Easter in importance.
But the trappings don't matter. What matters is that it's a day when families come together from wherever they are to celebrate and look after their mothers.
And everyone in the family, no matter where they live or what else they're doing, is expected to be there.
The answer is - it's kept very simple.
There's none of the great razzmatazz, it's simply a day for families to come together to enjoy each other's company and to thank the person who made it possible.
Everyone who is able to returns to their family home. Those who cannot, most commonly because of work commitments, make sure they send a card, a letter or a poem.
And if you can't get home a phone call is a must. In fact, Italian phone companies record their highest volume of calls around Mother's Day, as children young and old take the opportunity to express their appreciation to their mamma.
The day itself centres around activities bringing the family together. In most families, though not all, mother is not allowed to do any housework or cooking on her special day.
Breakfast will be made for her - generally fresh pastries and coffee. Young children will give usually home made gifts of cards and fresh flowers and it's a tradition for young children to write a poem in school, to be given on the day.
Lunch will be held either in the family home or, increasingly, at a local restaurant. This has become the most popular day of the year in Italy to dine out. The meal is always rounded off with a sweet cake, sometimes in the shape of a heart but increasingly these days - cupcakes.
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