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Celebrating Mothers Day on May 14: Show Love and Gratitude to the ones who play Mothers in our Lives!

Every year, the second Sunday of May is celebrated as Mother’s day across the world to honour the love and care and unbreakable friendship that we share with our mother. This is the day when we take time from our busy life to surprise the lady who always managed to surprise us on our birthdays.

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May 14, 2017:

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
— Mother Teresa

And this is what defines motherhood!

Mother-the very word brings to our mind the images of a wonderful person in our life irrespective of their gender. Even though, we have restricted the term only to the ‘female’ gender. The infinite power to love irrespective of what the child is – is known as motherhood. Only a mother has the power of acceptance from the core of her heart. Be it by birth or by bond, a mother showers selfless love to their children.

When APJ Kalam was asked to define birthday, he said-

The Only Day In Your Life, Your Mother Smiled When You Cry 

– This quote by APJ Abdul Kalam inspires us to the core to see how selfless a mother’s love is for their child.

Needless to say, a Mother is one’s best friend and guide, the one to whom we run with our problems and they always come up with the perfect solution for us. She is the one who understands our feelings, before even we express them. It is said that with the birth of a baby, there is a new birth of a woman. She becomes a mother and her child becomes the center of attention of her life.

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Mother bears a child for 9 months in her womb, which is itself a miracle. She advises in the easiest manner that we sometimes wonder what we would have done without her. She is the one running behind us to have our breakfast as we rush to college and the one to make us sleep comfortably when we just fall asleep on our study table. She is the one who shares her experiences with us and makes us understand the importance of relations in our life. No matter how old we get, we need our mother at every stage in our life.

Even though we should be thanking her every day for her dedication and contribution in our lives, we have fixed a single day to thank our mother for her sacrifices, for her love and care.

However, every year, the second Sunday of May is celebrated as Mother’s day in some parts of the world to honor the love and care and unbreakable friendship that we share with our mother. This year, May 14 is celebrated as Mother’s Day. What little we can do, is fill their every moment with joy and happiness.

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Even though a mother never expects anything back from her child, but even the smallest of efforts made by us fills our mother with overwhelming joy. Give her a day off from the household chores, make her favorite dish or just write a poem and you will never be able to forget that beautiful smile on her face.

The History- 

The invention of Mother’s Day was itself a struggle faced by a mother Anna Jarvis, who persuaded a church in her hometown, Philadelphia, to hold a special church service on the anniversary of her mother’s death. The next year the governors of Florida and North Dakota issued special proclamations inspired by the service and it went national in 1914 when President Wilson made one, too. She struggled enough to save this day from commercialization by the business people who across the country figured the day could be a great way to sell the nation on flowers, cards and other tokens.  Jarvis sent violent telegrams to President Roosevelt and mostly shut herself inside her house–emerging only to hand out flyers about the evils of commercializing Mother’s Day.

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Jarvis wanted mother’s day to be more of a public awareness event about the maternal mortality rate, which was 14,000 deaths a year at the time rather than the commercial holiday and that is what we have to focus on.

Netizens will know better that Facebook has also added the “Thankful” emoticon to help everyone celebrate Mother’s Day.

Instead of buying material gifts for our mothers, spend time with them and shower our love and care on them- tell them how important they are to you! Talk to her and make her feel worthy by your real efforts and not by some gift that you bought from the nearest mall because children are the anchor that hold a mother to life!

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

– by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram, Twitter: @NikitaTayal6 

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No More Segregation on the Basis of Gender in Restaurants in Saudi Arabia

Saudi restaurants no longer need to segregate women and men

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Restaurants and cafes in Saudi Arabia, including major Western chains like Starbucks, are currently segregated by “family” sections allocated for women. Lifetime Stock

Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer need to use separate entrances from men or sit behind partitions at restaurants in the latest measure announced by the government that upends a major hallmark of conservative restrictions that had been in place for decades.

The decision, which essentially erodes one of the most visible gender segregation restrictions in place, was quietly announced Sunday in a lengthy and technically worded statement by the Municipal and Rural Affairs Ministry.

While some restaurants and cafes in the coastal city of Jiddah and Riyadh’s upscale hotels had already been allowing unrelated men and women to sit freely, the move codifies what has been a sensitive issue in the past among traditional Saudis who view gender segregation as a religious requirement. Despite that, neighboring Muslim countries do not have similar rules.

Restaurants and cafes in Saudi Arabia, including major Western chains like Starbucks, are currently segregated by “family” sections allocated for women who are out on their own or who are accompanied by male relatives, and “singles” sections for just men. Many also have separate entrances for women and partitions or rooms for families where women are not visible to single men. In smaller restaurants or cafes with no space for segregation, women are not allowed in.

Reflecting the sensitive nature of this most recent move, the decision to end requirements of segregation in restaurants was announced in a statement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. The statement listed a number of newly-approved technical requirements for buildings, schools, stores and sports centers, among others.

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A woman leaves a ladies only service area at a restaurant in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. VOA

The statement noted that the long list of published decisions was aimed at attracting investments and creating greater business opportunities.

Among the regulations announced was “removing a requirement by restaurants to have an entrance for single men and (another) for families.”

Couched between a new regulation about the length of a building’s facade and allowing kitchens on upper floors to operate was another critical announcement stating that restaurants no longer need to “specify private spaces”— an apparent reference to partitions.

Across Saudi Arabia, the norm has been that unrelated men and women are not permitted to mix in public. Government-run schools and most public universities remain segregated, as are most Saudi weddings.

In recent years, however, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed for sweeping social reforms, with women and men now able to attend concerts and movie theaters that were once banned. He also curtailed the powers of the country’s religious police, who had been enforcers of conservative social norms, like gender segregation in public.

Two years ago, women for the first time were allowed to attend sports events in stadiums in the so-called “family” sections. Young girls in recent years have also been allowed access to physical education and sports in school, a right that only boys had been afforded.

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In August, the kingdom lifted a controversial ban on travel by allowing all citizens — women and men alike — to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that had controlled women’s freedom of movement.

The new rules remove restrictions that had been in place, but do not state that restaurants or cafes have to end segregated entrances or seated areas. Many families in conservative swaths of the country, where women cover their hair and face in public, may prefer eating only at restaurants with segregated spaces. (VOA)