“There is no greater love in the world than that of the love between a mother and her children”
Valentine’s Day is being observed across the country—as elsewhere in the world—on February 14. Apart from love birds and couples, children in Tangail have taken an unusual—but admirable—approach to showing their love and respect for their mothers on the day.
In an extraordinary exhibit of love, hundreds of primary school students washed their mothers’ feet in public.
The event, organized by the Hatekhori Pre-Primary High School authority, was held at SP Park, in Tangail city, around 10:30am on Thursday.
Tangail Deputy Commissioner Shahidul Islam was chief guest at the event presided by Tangail Press Club President Zafar Ahmed.
Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC/Education & ICT) Selim Ahmed, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP/Crime) Ahaduzzman Mia, District Education Officer Laila Khanam, and District Senior Information Officer Kazi Golam Ahad, among others, were also present at the time.
Western countries have been observing Valentine’s Day for long time now. The day is also called Saint Valentine's Day—or the Feast of Saint Valentine—and is celebrated annually on February 14.
Originating as a Western Christian feast day—honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus— Valentine's Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, plus commercial celebration of romance and romantic love, in many regions around the world.
Bangladesh recently started celebrating the day. Although the day is mainly observed by couples or lovers, it is not exclusively for them.
With that view in mind, Hatekhori Pre-Primary High School authority has arranged the astounding event for the third time.
At the event, children washed their mothers’ feet with soap and water, and then sought their blessings. Many mothers and fathers were seen crying for joy after receiving the honor from their children. Finally, the children adorned the proud mothers with medals.
Guardians such as Sharmina Akhter Sumi, Rochona, and Ekota Khan told Dhaka Tribune: “We are very pleased and happy with such an extraordinary approach. It is so honorable and we demand such initiatives every year. It will strengthen children’s love, affection, and respect for their mothers.”
Two students, Riya and Amit Khan, said: “We are so happy that we get to wash our mothers’ feet.”
Tangail Hatekhari Pre-Primary School Chairman Nawshad Rana Sanvi told Dhaka Tribune: “The initiative was taken to strengthen the bond between children and parents. More than a hundred students have taken part in the program.”
Tangail Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shahidul Islam said: “There is no repaying debt to mothers as they give birth to children and nourish them with the utmost care. There is no greater love in the world than that of the love between a mother and her children.”