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Mamma Mia: Celebrating Mothers in Italy

May
30
2006

Proving the ties that bind Italians to La Mamma are on the rise, mothers are becoming increasingly celebrated in Italy. Mother’s Day, feted in Italy as in the U.S. on the second Sunday in May, has always been occasion forgiving thanks to this crucial figure, although they are much likely to take give her a break from the kitchen by taking her to a restaurant rather than with burnt pancakes, half-cooked bacon and coffee.


They may be the first, though, to honor mom with a National Mamma Convention.
Held in Riccione the beach and discotheque capital of Italy in the first week in July, events include two beauty pageants (Miss Mamma and Miss Pregnant Mamma) and baby model casting sessions. I have a sneaking suspicion most of the mums don’t participate in these beyond cheesy initiatives but take advantage of the Momfest for some well-deserved R&R on the beach.
Not surprisingly, the initiative was started by an Italian man. The bond
between the Italian male and their mothers is legendary — and backed up by
numbers. ISTAT, the national statistics bureau, found that over 30% of
married men see their mother every day and 78% stop by for a weekly visit.
That is, once they finally leave the nest: some 70% of 29-year-old Italian
men are still living at home and these mama’s boys (mammoni) are the last to
leave home in Europe.
Whether Italians are either exasperated with or adoring of their moms, they always say the same thing: you only have one mother, after all — di mamma ce n’è una sola!

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