Breaking the age-old model of motherhood

Male-dominated societies fail to fully recognise the immensity of women's life-giving role as mothers.

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It's Mother's Day again, with its rush to book tables in restaurants and order bouquets of flowers. In spite of its modern commercialisation, traditional celebrations of motherhood have existed throughout the world for thousands of years, going back in Europe to Greco-Roman festivals, and early Christian traditions.

Different countries have different dates to honour their mothers. Here in Singapore, we celebrate this day in May in tandem with the United States, which has a more modern relationship to the holiday, celebrating it first only in 1907.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 08, 2022, with the headline Breaking the age-old model of motherhood. Subscribe