Mother's Day in Russia
Today is the last Sunday of November and it’s Mother’s Day in Russia. The holiday was introduced in 1998 to accentuate the role of the most important person in everyone’s life.
The light-blue forget-me-not was the emblem of the “I Love You, Mom” action that took place in Moscow today. These delicate flowers serve to remind us not to forget our loved ones. Hundreds of volunteers at busiest metro stations were handing out cards to passersby this morning. The cards depicted a charming little bear cub handing a forget-me-not in his paw with an inscription “I Love You, Mom”.
An unusual competition has been held in St. Petersburg. More than 140 families came to a sports center in the Primorsky district to take part in baby crawler championships for babies under 12 months. Parents were allowed to crawl next to their kids to encourage them to crawl forward using every possible means except touching them. The organizer of the crawler race, head of the district family center Natalya Rusakova told us that it had been fun:
"The babies trained at home. Some liked crawling after a music-playing mobile phone, others preferred a tablet computer. The third reacted to toys. So naturally, the parents brought all those things with them. Eight little competitors crawled simultaneously along eight lanes. It was so funny to see some of them crawl over to a neighboring lane, attracted by some toy. They were not disqualified because their Moms somehow managed to convince them to return to their lanes."
The crawlers were divided into three age categories – from 7 to 8 months, from 9 to 10 months and from 11 to 12 months. Boys and girls competed separately. They were to cover a distance of 10 meters within 2 minutes. No kid went away without a gift – a winter sledge or a musical toy, and the fastest racers brought home their first sports awards.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in different countries. In the United States, Australia, India, Canada, China, Mexico, Nicaragua, the United Arab Emirates, Ukraine and Japan it is the second Sunday of May. In Belarus, it is October 14. In the U.S. and Australia, it is customary to wear carnations on Mother’s Day – a red one if your Mom is living and white one if she is dead.