Rediscover the true meaning of mother’s love on this auspicious day!
A mother’s work is never done, and her effort always underrated. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, let us also ponder upon the endless challenges and contributions of women worldwide. Mothers are generally revered for their strong will, unbridled determination and constant perseverance as the ultimate caregivers, and also breadwinners, of modern as well as traditional families. They nurture and care for their spouses, children as well as relatives. They often toil day and night to bring up their children to be beneficial and productive members of society. Mother’s Day is essentially a celebration of maternity and motherhood. Mother’s Day is also a national celebration of sorts, a day to honour the matriarch of the family.
The impact and influence of mothers on society is often understated as they play a major part of providing shelter, nourishment and education in most families. In many cases, children and fathers take on the role of “mom” on this day as an expression of their love and appreciation, allowing the mother in the family to experience real rest and relaxation for a single day. Although mothers are duly recognized and honoured for their diverse and multi-faceted roles in families, society at large still has a long way to go towards actualizing the quintessential role of mothers, in particular that of homemakers, housewives and single moms.
In some countries, people offer prayers to their noble moms during Mother’s Day. It is also a timeless tradition to shower gifts and presents to mothers as way to pay tribute to their unconditional love and uncompromising sacrifice. We all express our true love for our moms in our own unique and special ways. For some it is greeting cards, flower bouquets, branded perfumes, and premium chocolates. For others it is a holiday picnic, a beauty makeover, a movie date, or a sumptuous dinner. For the majority of mothers, quality time spent with their beloved families would often suffice. Sometimes moms simply yearn to be with their loved ones.
The annual Mother’s Day celebration is fast becoming a major trend all over the world especially in social media. It seems natural and fitting that mothers and maternal figures everywhere are showered with love and pampered with gifts. It is also on this day people provide their undivided attention and show their greatest appreciation towards their mothers as well as maternal figures. Mother’s Day in Malaysia is currently observed on the second Sunday of the month of May each year. Many Malaysians often spare no expense to spoil their moms with lavish gifts and family dinners to show their love and appreciation on this special occasion. Eateries and restaurants are fully packed with families during breakfast, lunch and dinner – gourmet restaurants and fine-dining establishments reserved to accommodate the one-day celebration. Some outlets have even resorted to promotions for mothers to eat for free. So to all those lucky moms, bon appetit!
Mother’s Day is a day to make mothers feel special as they do the same for their children and their families every day of the year. No compromise is spared for our loved ones, especially our mothers. It is now regarded as a typical Malaysian norm to have special get-together meals with their beloved moms. In spite of all the disparity or differences in custom and culture between the races or ethnicities, Mother’s Day in Malaysia is generally celebrated as a festive reunion of sorts with immediate members of an extended family. All the women in our lives – our moms, aunties and grandmothers – they have been mothers themselves at some point throughout their lives. Hence, let us share in the precious gift of love and affection with our mothers, and shower them with everlasting joy and happiness!