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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the annual celebration of mothers’ devotion to their children and family is heating up all over the world.|
Before we start celebrating, let’s take a look at how Mother’s Day first came into being.
Mother’s Day as we know it was founded in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, in tribute of her own mother not long after she passed away. In 1914, the celebration was officially recognized as a national holiday in the U.S., to be celebrated on the second Sunday of May each year, this year falling on May 12.
Near the end of the 20th century, Mother’s Day began to gain popularity in China. In the 21st century, the date has been widely accepted and celebrated by people in China.
When discussing their mothers, most children remember a particular saying or catchphrase their mum often said to them when they were little. It seems that most children have also had to deal with getting teased by their mothers, no matter where in the world they are from.
Some of these jokes can be quite harsh, for example, those mothers who joke that they picked up the wrong baby at the hospital, or as some Chinese netizens show, that they are actually adopted.
There were times when I couldn’t stand my mom’s jokes. I would ask her whether she was my biological mom. She would say with a confused look: “How would I know? I wasn’t home when you were born.” :)
Let’s take a look at a few other examples.
The harsh moms:
When my dad or I break a bowl, my mom would say, what’s wrong with your hands? But when she breaks the bowl, she calls it “Sui Sui Ping An”.( Everlasting Peace Year After Year!) Chinese often say this out loud immediately after something is accidentally broken in the house. The word 岁 (Suì, meaning “age”) is homophonous with 碎 (meaning “shatter”).
My mom: It’s 8! Get up! (It’s actually 7:25)
My mom:It’s 9! Get up! (FYI it’s really 8)
My mom: It’s 10! Why are you still not up! (well…9:10)
The same world, the same kind of mom.
There are those who encourage their children in different ways:
The philosopher mom:
Whatever your mom teases you about, one thing remains unchanged: she is always there for you, cares about you and will always love you.
My mom calls me into the kitchen, points to a plate and says to me: “isn’t your face as round as this plate?” Even though she teases me a lot, I know she loves me. I love her too.
With Mother’s Day becoming more widely celebrated in China, kids rack their brains for gift ideas. With a growing middle class in China, children care more about whether their moms will appreciate a certain gift instead of how much it costs.
Naturally, it is essential to take a look at what moms actually want:
Put simply, moms want a day off from their many motherly duties.