STORY: In two different forms of incarnations of celebrating the mother-children bond, youngsters celebrated the international Mother’s Day with stranded elderly women in old age homes, while caretaker of an orphanage took the children to parks on Sunday (May 13) and rejoiced the unconditional love of a mother.
Women and other elderly living in an old-age home in India’s western Ahmedabad city received a surprise treat in a visit from the youngsters of the society. The youngsters cut a cake with the elderly and also distributed sweets and toffees after taking their blessings by touching their feet, a Hindu way of showing respect.
Meanwhile, further north in Ludhiana city of Punjab, a woman Jasbeer Kaur, who is mother to hundreds of orphan children, left behind by their mothers, celebrated Mother’s Day with these kids. To support her cause, Kaur has opted to stay unmarried for her entire life and said that her efforts would pay if her kids especially girls work for the betterment of the society and for themselves.
Mother’s Day 2014 is celebrated around the world on the second Sunday of May. In large parts of India, a preference for male child is built into cultural ideology. Girls are often seen as a burden that parents cannot afford, largely due to the hefty dowry of cash and gold jewellery that is required to marry them off.