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Pandemic Love: Mexicans Celebrate Mothers In Creative Ways

With 10 percent of the population already vaccinated, Mother's Day will be different, but still special.

May 10 is one of the most important days of the year in Mexico. It is Mother’s Day. For the second year, Mexicans will celebrate it, limiting the party to the family circle.

Unlike last year, in 2021, the vaccine brings some hope. In Mexico, seniors, teachers, school personnel and people over the age of 50 have been eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. With almost 19,000 doses administered, 10 percent of the population has received the first shot.

“Most of the seniors have already received the vaccine. Thanks to this fact, now we can hold family reunions for Mother’s Day. Of course, with the necessary care,” said Mateo Soria Mendoza, 48, a father living in Veracruz. “Last year, we only went [to her place] to congratulate her for a moment, given the uncertainty of the pandemic.”

This year will be different.

“We plan on doing something nice at my parents’ house; [bringing] a seafood platter, which is what my mother likes, [for her to enjoy] in the company of her grandchildren, sons and daughters-in-law, just the family. We don’t want to go to a restaurant. It is May 10; they will be full despite the cautionary measures,” said Soria Mendoza.

Flowers are the perfect Mother’s Day gift. (Sebastian Leon Prado/Unsplash)

Like the Soria Mendoza family, many will want to celebrate at home, the safest place. Within the family circle, people are aware of everyone’s health condition, and contagion can be prevented.

Those who cannot meet their mothers, either due to risks or distances, can choose to make a video call, send a flower bouquet or order food for their mothers.

“We are keeping it safe in the family. We have already had COVID-19 infections, and we are preventing our parents from getting sick since they are elderly people, and the disease is [more] dangerous for them,” said María Eugenia Rendón Zárate, a 42-year-old housewife based in Veracruz.

From little details to extravagant gifts, Mexicans give something to their mother every May 10. (Nick Fewings/Unsplash)

“My parents do not want to get the vaccine because they are afraid of the reactions they may experience. Therefore, visits to my mother on May 10 will be [quick], basically to congratulate her and not let her day go unnoticed,” she said.

Depending on the epidemic risk traffic light, in some regions of the country restaurants may open with limited capacity for the celebration.

(Translated and edited by Gabriela Olmos. Edited by Kristen Butler)

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