Mother’s Day is a national holiday in Tokelau and is observed on the Monday after the second Sunday of every May. Honouring Mums with a special public holiday is a tradition that began in the USA and spread to Tokelau and many other countries.
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It would be impossible to overestimate the importance of mothers to their families, and by extension, to the whole nation and the world. By giving birth to the next generation and tenderly caring for them in their childhood years, mothers help shape society from the bottom up. As they say, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”.
Unfortunately, Mums often get taken for granted, and Mother’s Day is meant to put her in the spotlight. Many mothers in Tokelau not only care for their families put also work outside the home for a living or make efforts at improving their education. All this activity can be tiring for Mum, but at least once a year she is noticed and honoured.
For Mother’s Day, kids in Tokelau often give their mother a homemade card with words of love and appreciation inside. They also may give her a small present and a big hug! It is traditional to attend church on Mother’s Day and to put on a big family feast and party once back at home.