Celebrating motherhood is not something new for us Indians. We are the ones who have grown up hearing Matro Devo Bhava. In our culture, mothers are the backbone of the families, taking care of the needs of all family members. Even though women have stepped out of their homes into various demanding professions, the role and importance of mothers in our homes have not changed much. We must give due credit to women for managing multiple roles with ease. Notwithstanding all this, it is not a bad idea to appreciate motherhood on Mother’s Day to show that you care in more ways than one!
Here is what you can do.
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- Make it a task-free day for women in your family
It doesn’t matter who are the women in your family- your mother, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, or any other make this day task-free for them. Pamper them by cooking special meals or ordering in if your culinary skills are not up to it. Book movie tickets or appointments at a spa, or take them out for lunch or dinner. Make them feel special and show that you appreciate what they do daily. Ensure they have a whole day of relaxation without any chores, not just cooking. Let this trend inspire your younger generation. Let them watch and learn and continue the appreciation of motherhood in whatever ways possible.
- Feed the underprivileged
Nothing pleases mothers more than feeding people and seeing happy faces. You could choose to please your moms by feeding the underprivileged on this day, whether at an old age home, orphanage, etc. This is a noble deed and when done in your mother’s name or with her blessings and presence, can give her a lot of happiness. This is something that the younger generation can emulate to stay blessed.
- Make it a motherhood movie day
There is nothing better for family bonding than watching movies together. And on Mother’s Day, you can pick movies that celebrate motherhood and watch it together. Here are some options you can watch out from Bollywood, other regional and Hollywood:
- English Vinglish
- Badhaai Ho
- Mother India
- Karan Arjun
- Bucket List
- Kannathil Muthamittal
- Mommy Dearest
- All About My Mother
- Lady Bird
- Life and Nothing More
- How about an interview?
All moms are superheroes who have seen many ups and downs in life. They would have gone beyond their call of duty and sacrificed so much for their families. But unlike most superheroes, they never get interviewed or get to share their stories. How about you interview the women in your lives and share their stories? It could be your mom, wife, sister, etc. Prepare a set of questions, or have an informal chat with them, which you can record if they are ok and share. If not, you can write a blog based on their inputs and share it with their photos to indicate various timelines from their lives. There is a wealth of knowledge of life experiences that can help or inspire others.
- Create and share memoirs
Mother’s Day is as good a day as any to create memoirs about your mother and share them on social media or family groups to reminisce. Your mothers will feel special and love that you remember the times that have gone by. Even if you have lost your mothers, this will become a happy occasion to remember them fondly and discuss it with your siblings and family. You could invite your family to get together, raise a toast, and cook a special meal with your mom’s favourite recipes. If you have siblings, you could do a potluck meal, each cooking a different recipe and comparing notes to see if it matched your mom’s culinary skills.
Of course, you can order surprise cakes, gifts, flowers, etc., and sing songs for them. You could even throw a surprise party! But all those are run-of-the-mill activities, and we request you to think up something different like what we have mentioned to make it more memorable. At the end of the day, mothers are not very demanding and even if you do something that they like, it will make their day.
How about you share your memory about your mother with us? We would love to read about it.