**Mami Macha refused to serve food to her two sons this Sunday May 9, 2021 because they failed to wish her “Happy Mother’s Day”.
Strange reaction, some say but it is true that the commemoration of Mother’s Day is gaining grounds in Cameroon.
In most countries, Mother’s Day is commemorated on the second Sunday in May but in Cameroon, it is observed on the last Sunday in May.
This 2021, the second Sunday of May fell on May 9.
The Church in Cameroon and Mother’s Day
The Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) has included the second Sunday in May in its calendar of activities as Mother’s Day.
On Mother’s Day the CBC Churches organise various activities to celebrate Mothers in their congregations.
In most Churches across Cameroon, Mothers were celebrated this Sunday during the service especially through the Sermon or Homily.
In some Churches, other symbolic activities were carried out like the giving of a bouquet of flowers to a representative of all the women to wish them a Happy Mother’s Day.
Social Media Celebration
Apart from the celebration in Church, many Cameroonians took to social media to celebrate their Mothers.
Poems, quotes and pictures celebrating Motherhood were uploaded on Facebook by many.
WhatsApp statuses were also flooded with pictures and messages celebrating Mothers on their day.
Innovative Ideas for Mother’s Day
Some families with a knack for innovation opted for photoshoots to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Such enchanting pictures were uploaded on social media in honour of the celebrants.
Family time out was another option chosen.
Some Cameroonian families used the day to hang out as a family at restaurants and other relaxation joints.
When Really is Mother’s Day in Cameroon?
In spite of the wide celebration across the country, research indicates that Mother’s Day in Cameroon is to be observed on the last Sunday in May unlike the second which is Mother’s Day in the United States and other countries.
This however, many say, does not stop one from celebrating Mothers on the second Sunday of May and every other day, for their unconditional love and sacrifices.
**Real name withheld
Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi