Samoa celebrates Mother's Day
"Behind every great man, there’s a greater woman."
This was the message from Reverend Tafa’i Galumalemana of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) at Falevao today, as the nation pauses to honour Mother's Day.
Throughout the country, thousands of mothers dressed in white packed the different churches and denominations for the annual celebration.
At Falevao, Rev. Tafa’i said a day like today honours the tremendous contribution by mothers.
“The main significance and purpose of this very day is to acknowledge the important roles that every mother plays within their families, churches, villages and country.
“This day serves as a reminder to us all about the input each mother has made throughout their lives and has made so much difference whether it is to cook, clean, look after her kids or a whole family.
“We must also keep in mind that not every mother is the same, some have high positions in work places, others sell vegetables and fruits at the market but at the end of the day, they are mothers so we must honour them in their own unique ways,” he said.
He added that despite the differences between mothers who are considered poor or uneducated, they are the light within every family.
“I advise all mothers to be good, honest role models for their families especially their children; teach and guide them towards God’s guidance so that they can become successful in whatever they choose in life.
“In life a mother’s greatest strength comes from the Lord and never forget to pray not only in times of difficulties and challenges in life but during times of blessings and happiness.
“A mother is capable of so many things, they are peacemakers and good advisors within families and there is a saying that goes, ‘behind every great man, there is a good woman’ – if a mother fails to uphold her family, the family including the father will fall apart and with that I would like to wish every mother a happy Mother’s Day.”