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Culture Class: Holidays in Indonesia, Lesson 11 - Mother's Day
Hello, and welcome to the Culture Class- Holidays in Indonesia Series at IndonesianPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Indonesian holidays and observances. I’m Eric, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 11, Mother's Day. In Indonesian, it’s called Hari Ibu.
Mother's Day, commemorated on December 22nd in Indonesia, was started due to the efforts of Indonesian female fighters in 1928. Mother's Day was commemorated by these women in honor of their status as the Mothers of the Nation.
In this lesson, we’ll learn about how how Mother's Day is interpreted in Indonesia.
Now, before we go into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-
Do Indonesians also celebrate the international Mother's Day held in May?
If you don't already know, you’ll find out a bit later. So, keep listening.
As an officially recognized holiday, Mother's Day is commemorated at government events with official flag ceremonies in which all the flag raisers and officers are female. Many people also commemorate Mother's Day by relieving their mothers, or in Indonesian ibu, from their daily duties. On that day, husbands and children cook special food and give presents, or hadiah, to their mothers. However, unlike other countries, giving a bouquet to one’s mother on Mother's Day is not a common tradition in Indonesia.
In North Sumatra, Mother's Day is commemorated by washing mothers’ feet. There's a popular proverb familiar to all Indonesians that says “Heaven is beneath mother's foot.” This foot-washing ceremony invites tears, or air mata and sobs, or sedu sedan, from both mothers and children.
In Sragen, Mother's Day is livened up with a traditional competition of various games. The children, or anak-anak, are the ones that participate, but the committee that decides the winners is made up of the mothers. There are also games in which mothers and children both participate. Sometimes they must strap wooden boards to their feet to walk together, or sometimes they must balance a balloon between their backs as they run a race together. Whatever the activity, the goal is to foster feelings of closeness between mother and child through mutual cooperation.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question-
Do Indonesians also celebrate the international Mother's Day held in May?
International Mother's Day in May is not recognized by most Indonesian people, but some people still choose to celebrate it casually. National Mother's Day is celebrated nationally and is a state event.
So listeners, how did you like this lesson? Did you learn anything interesting?
Is Mother's Day in your country a state event?
Leave us a comment telling us at IndonesianPod101.com!
And I’ll see you in the next lesson!