Make sure you write it down, circle the date in your calendar, and plan something extra nice for your mom on Sunday, 9 May because it’s Mother’s Day.
You don’t need us to tell you how challenging the last year has been for everyone, but we’d bet good money that moms everywhere have had it a little bit tougher than most. Before Covid-19 became a reality for families across the world, moms were already doing the work of 20 people. Many moms also became full-time teachers, still had to run errands, treat cuts and bruises, read stories, cook everyone’s favourite meals, and be glue that holds the family together.
All mothers, whether it is your own mom, sister, wife, daughter, or grandma deserve to be treated to
something special on this day of appreciation. Now more than ever since lockdown restrictions
prevented us from spending time with our elderly moms last year.
To inspire some food for thought, we rounded up a few ways Mother’s Day is celebrated across the
Hindus in India celebrate the goddess Durga, or Divine Mother, during a 10-day festival called Durga
Puja. The festival is centred on good triumphing over evil and is celebrated by giving gifts to friends
and family.
Brazil commemorates mom’s special day with children’s performances and church gatherings, which often culminate in large, multi-generational braais (and as South Africans we especially love the sound of a good braai!)
Our cousins in Ethiopia celebrate moms at the end of the rainy season, as part of a three-day festival called Antrosht. Family members come together to share a large feast with a host of traditional recipes to spoil hardworking moms.
However, you decide to spend Mother’s Day, the mere act of doing that something extra special will show your mom just how much you love and appreciate her for all she does for you! At the very least we hope you hug your mom a little tighter this year.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

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