Mother's Day celebrations can be traced as far back as the ancient festivals, like the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria or the Anglican Church's Mothering Sunday celebration. In the Catholic Church, Mother's Day is also a day to recognise Mother Mary. Some countries, particularly in Eastern Europe will only celebrate International Women's Day instead of Mother's Day. Examples of these countries are Bulgaria, Marcedonia, Kazachstan and Romania. In the United Kingdom Mother's Day is celebrated in March. As a former British colony, I am surprised that in Zimbabwe we follow the American tradition and not the British tradition!
Of interesting historical note, Mother's Day in most Arab countries is celebrated on 21 March. It was introduced in Egypt by a journalist called Mustafa Amin in his book named “Smiling America” written in 1943. The idea of Mother's day was overlooked in the region at the time, but Amin became motivated to introduce Mother's Day celebrations when he heard the story of a widowed mother who devoted her whole life to raise her son until he became a doctor, got married and left her without showing her any gratitude. The idea was first ridiculedy by the Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser but he eventually accepted it and Mother's Day was first celebrated on 21 March 1956. The practice has since been copied by the other Arab countries. When Mustafa Amin was arrested and imprisoned, there were attempts to change the name of the holiday from "Mother's Day" to "Family Day" as the government wished to prevent the occasion from reminding people of its founder. These attempts were unsuccessful and celebrations continued to be held on that day. In fact, classic songs celebrating mothers remain famous in the Arab countries to this day.
Now that we have gained some background knowledge of Mother's Day, many of us usually honour our mothers on this special day by giving her a gift, or flowers and spending some quality time with her. This is where the food comes in. You may choose to cook a special meal for her, but we recommend that you set aside time on this special day to take her for a visit to her favourite restaurant or one that she has never been to. With the numerous restaurants, old and new, operating around our country, you will have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Some restaurants will offer Mother's Day specials and others may offer your mum's favourite cuisine. You may contact the Eatout call centre to assist with this information.
So far we have confirmed that Pagokoro, La Serenata and Paula's Place will have Mother's Day specials for 13 May 2012. 360º will have a three course special menu available and it will be the same menu that they will feature during Eatout Restaurant Week.
You mother is special. She carried you in her womb for nine months, she endured the pain of your birth, and till this day, regardless of your age, she gives you love, attention and care during every moment of her existence. Reward her this Mother's Day and reciprocate that love. Show her you notice and appreciate her. Buy that gift, card and those flowers and make that breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation. As Mother's Day draws nearer, our website will give updates on which restaurants will offer Mother's Day specials.