"आस्तां तावदियं प्रसूतिसमये दुर्वारशूलव्यथा नैरुच्यं तनुशोषणं मलमयी शय्या च सांवत्सरी । एकस्यापि न गर्भ-भार-भरण-क्लेशस्य यस्याः क्षमो दातुं निष्कृतिमुन्नतोऽपि तनयः तस्यैः जनन्यै नमः ।। मातृपञ्चकम्"
The acute irrepressible pain endured by the mother at the time of delivery, the distaste towards food and the resulting emaciation of the body during pregnancy, the year-long period after delivery, during which the bed was dirtied by the baby – let all these be. But the suffering that the mother endures in carrying the weight of the fetus throughout pregnancy, can never be compensated in the least by the child, even if it is great and famous. Salutations to that mother.
‘Maa’ in Hindi or ‘Mother’ in English, ‘Mère’ in French or ‘Moeder’ in Dutch or ‘Ana’ in Azerbaijani –different cultures, different names, but the sweetness is same. Mother, one with whom a newborn creates his first relation. She bears all pain to bring us to this World. Mother feeds us to keep us alive and she makes sure that we remain safe. No one in this world can take her place. In her guidance, a child learns life’s lessons. Mother’s love for her child is beyond any one’s expectations. Mother can easily understand each desire of her child through the gestures even before a child is able to speak properly. Mother has a sweet unique connection with the child so that when he gets hurt, the mother feels the pain. A mother feels intolerable pain when she gives birth to her child but when she sees her child’s face she forgets all the trouble. This is the greatness of a mother.
A woman gives care and love to her family for which she never asks anything in return. She is not offered any money nor any holidays! Despite this she performs all her duties indefatigably with a smile on her face. Her job starts early in the morning and finishes only when her children are fast asleep in their bed. Her day starts with making breakfast for her children. She wakes them up and does all the household chores. When they arrive from their schools she eagerly waits for us. A mother makes so many sacrifices for her children and most of us never even thank her and in fact her hard work mostly goes unnoticed. Whenever children are sad a mother’s smile takes all their worries away and makes them smile again. So mothers are like an unceasing beautiful blessing for the kids from God and it needs to be felt like that always.
Although, a mother’s unconditional love can never be repaid, still as a mark of respect, Mother’s Day is celebrated all over the world to give respect to every mother. In most countries it is on the second Sunday in May, among them the USA, Canada, most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan, the Philippines and South Africa. UK and Ireland celebrate Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday in spring season. Most Arab countries celebrate Mother’s Day on March 21st. Most East European countries celebrate Mother’s Day on March 8th, the same as International Women’s Day. Mothers are especially invited to come to their kid’s school to celebrate this special day with their kids. Lots of activities are done to make this day memorable. Mothers also get involved with the celebrations and enjoy those moments with a lot of emotion. At this day we should keep our mothers happy and never make her feel sad. We should always obey her and fulfill all our responsibilities towards her.
A mother is always very special for a child and her place in a child’s life can never be compensated by anyone.
Author Bio –Aniruddha Aloke from Mumbai.