Mother's Day is an occasion that is celebrated in various parts of the world to express respect, honour, and love towards our mums. It's an opportunity for us to acknowledge the maternal bonds we share and the role of mothers in our society.
Mothering Sunday falls on different dates depending on the country where it is celebrated. It is held on the second Sunday of May in many countries, such as Australia, Canada and the United States. It is held exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday here in the UK.
The dates are not the only thing that is different about Mothers Day, the manner in which it is celebrated also varies. A couple of my favourites:
In Japan, children draw pictures of their moms and enter them in an art contest. The winning pictures are shown at art shows across the country.
Thailand celebrates the birthday of the country’s Queen, so it takes place on whatever date the current queen celebrates her birthday. It’s a national holiday, with parades, concerts and fireworks.
At 57 years of age I am fortunate enough to still have my wonderful Mum Barbara in my life. She is the reason I became interested in vintage clothing and her support is one of the reasons I've stuck with it. As a little girl I never tired of listening to her describe the outfits my Grandma Mabel used to make for her. Mum would come home with a picture or an idea and her mum could reproduce it for her in no time! What a talent.
Later, with my Gran's guidance, mum would sew my sister and me matching outfits. Not sure how my sister Julie and I would have felt if she included herself in the matchy line up like these young ladies.
Needless to say, I wish mum was still in possession of her original wardrobe. No, not so I could fill the website with it, but just to feel the fabrics and admire the skill I have envisaged over the years. Sometimes when mum visits our showroom she will spot something and tell me how similar the style or the fabric was to something she owned. For a lady who forgets quite a bit nowadays, she never seems to forget those vintage dresses.
Can you believe some designers actually developed coordinated clothing collections for Mother and Daughter back in the forties and fifties? The latter, particularly, was a decade where young people were desperate to forge their own identity and stop being mini versions of the adults in their lives.
For some reason, it was not so common for boys and their mums to be coordinated. Either way, I can't see this particular trend gaining popularity again anytime soon.
If you are lucky enough to have a mum or be a mum, Mothersday might be another wave through a window compromise this year but it's still a chance to take a moment and thank these precious ladies for simply doing their best, juggling and snuggling throughout the years.
If you would like to show your appreciation with a nostalgic gift, here are a few ideas of vintage-inspired gifts for busy modern mums with no time for handwashing or repairs:
And some true vintage gifts for mums who love to create kooky looks from authentic original pieces:
Sending Revival love & best wishes to mums all over the world, past present and future... one of our daughters has just announced she is going to be a mum in August. Thrilling news, and so the generations of super cool Mammas continues as it does in most families. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY MUMS!