A special programme celebrating the bond between a mother and daughter was held on the weekend of 29-30 March 2014 at various BAPS mandirs and centres across the UK. Entitled ‘Matrudevo Bhava’, the occasion was planned by The Swaminarayan Sunday School and attended by more than 600 people.
A small mahapuja was organised by children to mark the special day, accompanied with a programme to give the young daughters an opportunity to express their love and appreciation for their mothers in various heart-warming ways.
Highlights of the programme in Leicester included eloquent speeches delivered by balikas, focusing on the qualities of a mother and finding those virtues in Pramukh Swami Maharaj. A vibrant dance by the young girls conveyed the support that a mother provides to her daughter.
In London, an enlightening drama performed by the mothers based on the daily life with their daughters portrayed different scenarios that occur during a typical day. The finale here was a colourful dance performed by the mothers.
Decorative cupcakes with messages written by the daughters for their mothers were wrapped as gifts as part of the event in Manchester. The main programme here consisted of a drama illustrating ideal examples of family harmony, sharing strong messages about family unity, understanding and valuing all members of the household. Three balikas also read touching poems highlighting the sacrifices that parents make for their children.
Energetic mother and daughter challenges were the highlight of the event in South East London, including an obstacle course and a competition to make chapattis.
Similar events were also held in Birmingham, Luton and various other centres in London.
The touching and affectionate activities ensured everyone thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations. Furthermore, many families expressed how this event helped them to realise the importance that other family members play in their lives, and the need to appreciate and celebrate this regularly.