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Culture Class: Holidays in the Philippines, Season 1, Lesson 22 - Mother's Day
Hello, and welcome to the Culture Class- Holidays in the Philippines Series at FilipinoPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Filipino holidays and observances. I’m Eric, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 22, Mother's Day. In Filipino, it’s called Araw ng mga Ina.
Mother’s Day is celebrated every year on the second Sunday of May. On this day, people show their gratitude, or pasasalamat, for everything their mothers have done for them.
In this lesson, we will learn how Filipinos show their gratitude to their mothers.
Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-
Before the year 1980, when was Mother’s Day celebrated in the Philippines?
If you don't already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep listening.
The Philippines is currently listed number 8 among countries in the world, and number 1 among countries in Asia, in terms of gender equality. This is why it comes as no surprise that Mother’s Day is a big celebration for Filipinos.
It’s treated as a mother’s “day-off” from cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids and husband, and working. Children usually give cards to their mother, in Filipino ina, while husbands are usually busy cooking his wife’s favorite dishes. It has also become customary for families to go out and enjoy a special dinner in celebration of moms.
In the Philippines, mothers are called ilaw ng tahanan, literally meaning the “light of the home”. This is because they are thought of as the ones who illuminate the home by taking care of each member of the family, sometimes even at the expense of their own happiness.
Because Filipinos usually have large families, this day is often celebrated not only with mothers, but also with grandmothers, or lola, aunts or tiya, female cousins or pinsan, and with all the females in the family who have children.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question-
Before the year 1980, when was Mother’s Day celebrated in the Philippines?
Prior to 1980, Mother’s Day was celebrated on December 8th along with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. However, in 1980 it was proposed that it be changed to the second Sunday of May in order to fall in line with Mother’s Day celebrations in other countries.
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