Until I became a mother, I felt that there shouldn’t be a day to celebrate moms or dads or children. I believe we have to learn to appreciate all the important people playing important roles in our lives on a daily basis. But today, I don’t mind the extra appreciation and love for being a mom! Because you really don’t know how hard it is until you’re one.
Not knowing what the history behind Mother’s Day is, I looked it up. Mother’s Day can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals honor Mother Goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday” (The second sunday of May).
I love the fact that it falls on the second Sunday of May because here in Chennai, it’s HOT. The weather drives us mad. So, celebrations make life better, especially if you aren’t traveling. It is a good distraction from the sweltering heat.
Chennai was in full celebration spirit. Hotels had special brunches organized but this time I passed on those. Instead, I attended a fun mother’s day cooking event organized by Localxo (more on that coming up). As I’m a mommy blogger, I had the opportunity to organize a cool giveaway/contest in collaboration with the city’s best spa services like Siddh Spa at Hyatt Regency, Oryza, Vurve and goodies from Sugar My Love. The idea was to get moms to ‘Relax and Rejuvenate’. We deserve it, don’t we? 🙂
I’m always curious to know how moms bounce back when they’re having a bad day. So my contest involved having participants answer a simple question: ‘What brings your mojo back when you’re having a bad day?’ Practical responses like ‘A walk at the beach with my kids’, ‘Cooking’, ‘Hit the spa’ showed how moms figure their way out and bounce back with full energy.
At Localxo, it was a fun ‘Mommy and Me’ cooking event where we (myself and 9 other moms with their kids) cooked a full course meal with the support of chefs at Foodology, Chennai. I personally enjoy cooking with my 3 year old daughter at home. Little Miss got too comfortable giving me instructions on how to spread the pizza dough and cooking advice in general. Both my daughter and I had a good 3 hours of fun stirring, chopping veggies and exchanging cooking ideas :). She threw a tantrum or two as well! But hey, so much fun 🙂 .
Localxo has also organized a cooking session for adults with their moms today – Mother’s Day, May 14.
As I write this, I’m being pampered at home and my husband just told me he’s taking us all out to lunch. Looks like bright and beautiful Sunday and a lovely Mother’s Day. Have a great one moms 🙂
Moina is an enthusiastic mom to two pretty girls. Apart from blogging, she loves to cook, travel, write, paint and contribute to her environment in whatever way possible. Originally from Mumbai, Moina now lives in Chennai with her family.