Thank you Ama

We don’t celebrate Mother’s Day in Bhutan. But 160 countries do. And 79 of them celebrate it today, the second Sunday of May.

I think we should celebrate Mother’s Day too. Like the rest of the world, we should dedicate a day to thank our mothers for their love and affection, and to acknowledge them for the huge influence they’ve had on our lives.

Bringing up children is a difficult job at the best of times. But my mother raised six of us – all boys! She did so single-handedly. And she did so on a shoestring. That meant that she had to work hard, and she had to work continuously – she would feed us and clean us; she would tend to the cows, chickens and the occasional pig; she would work in her garden growing all sorts of vegetables and fruit; and she would take care of an unending throng of guests.

But in spite of all her work, she always seemed to have time to tell us stories. And most of the time, she told her wonderful stories while she wove for the family. Yes, she made our clothes too! She knitted our caps and socks, and scarves and pullovers. And she wove our ghos, every single one of them. But that’s not all: for several years she wove tsug-thrus, heavy but warm and furry blankets, till each and every one of us had our very own comforter.

For all that, and much more, six men got together to say, “thank you Ama!”


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  1. Paro Penlop says

    “I love you mom”

    “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever”-Unknown

  2. INVISIBLE says

    Dear OL,

    This is lovely!


  3. Well it certainly is a good thing to celebrate Ama’s Day not because 160 countries do but because what Ama’s role has been throughout human history. This also amounts to aping others! Why can’t we come out with something special and nice for ourselves to celebrate? GNH concept of HM the K4 is perhaps our only contribution to the world and therefore merits a recognition and declare a GNH Day on an auspiciously appropriate day!

  4. I discovered today that you have five brothers. Am I right?

  5. I don’t think we need mother’s day to thank our mothers for their love, care and affection. In other words, I mean to say that we don’t need a particular day as mother’s day to thank our mothers.As for me,I thank my mother every moment of my life and whenever I visit monasteries I pray for her long life.

  6. My belated Happy mother’s day to Aum Richen,
    You have not only been mother to six gentlemen. You were also mother to us, my brother and I. Without your kind consideration, we could not have had access to education. We owe our deepest gratitude to you as our mother and of course to Akhu Dasho as a father. We love you from the depths of our hearts.

  7. Measure a man’s worth by what and how much he can do for the country and people, not by the number of brothers he has!

  8. 6 sons.. and OL you are the only smart one (=

  9. did OL claim to be more worthy because he has 5 brothers? i don’t get what karma tenzin is trying to hint. some people will stop at nothing to ridicule and disrespect ol for no reason whatsoever.

  10. I like the idea of a Mother’s Day to honour them, but I would hate to be part of a culture that has to dedicate a certain day to do that. In our hearts we should honour them every day.

  11. Norbu Gyeltshen says

    Yeah! I think it needs to celebrate mother’s day especially for those who forgets their mother after getting jobs…….

  12. Norbu Gyeltshen says

    Yeah! I think it needs to celebrate mother’s day especially for those who forgets their mother after getting jobs. So if we can choose particular day as mother’s day for celebrating then we all will get chance to show our respect to our mother.

  13. Uncle Uppy says

    I have seen the Movie.. SIX BOYZ, not a good number in the Bhutanese astrology… Ask your dad n mum for another??

  14. Tshering Yeshi says

    I also personally feels that there is a need to celebrate Mother’s Day in our country, because being a Buddhist we should celebrate as every religions text starts with “མ་འགྱུར་གནམ་མཁའི་ཐ་དང་མཉམ་པའི་སེམས་ཅན་་་་” so we should at show sympathy to our present mother.

  15. Partiman Pokhrel says

    Before we adopt such event, WE NEED TO KNOW THE BACKGROUND.
    Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church”—the main church in the vicinity of their home—for a special service. Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
    The origins of Mother’s Day as celebrated in the United States date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children.
    These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
    Another precursor to Mother’s Day came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.
    Other early Mother’s Day pioneers include Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist who inspired a local Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the 1870s. The duo of Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering, meanwhile, both worked to organize a Mothers’ Day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some have even called Hering “the father of Mothers’ Day.
    The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.
    After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker, in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That same day also saw thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia.
    Following the success of her first Mother’s Day, Jarvis—who remained unmarried and childless her whole life—resolved to see her holiday added to the national calendar. Arguing that American holidays were biased toward male achievements, she started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and prominent politicians urging the adoption of a special day honoring motherhood.
    By 1912 many states, towns and churches had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual holiday, and Jarvis had established the Mother’s Day International Association to help promote her cause. Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

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