COVID-19, heavywinds overshadow Mother’s Day celebrations in Mangochi

Mothers Day in Mangochi

This year’s Mother's Day celebrations at Sunbird Nkopola, Boadzulu, Lakeshore Resort, Andrews, and Sun ‘n’ Sand resorts were overshadowed by heavy winds that spoiled the fun for those who had planned to enjoy along Lake Malawi.

Malawi set October 15 as the day to celebrate its mothers.

The winds, however, did not halt the celebrations as there was calm by around 2pm and the women were seen dancing, eating and swimming.

Violet Zakeyu from Balaka said she decided to visit the lake to relax as a mother.

"This is great day for us, what else can I do to show happiness? Apart from going to cheer my family members in the village this is the only great way of showing happiness," she said.

Unlike Zakeyu who visited on her own, Lucy Mwale from Blantyre brought her mother along to thank her for raising her up.

"We have come here today to experience a different environment. We need as mothers to be proud of ourselves," she added.

People waiting for the water to calm before going into the Lake. Photos by Mayamiko Majawa observed that the number of people who patronised the lake in Mangochi this year was less than 2019.

Some women admitted that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) affected the trips since most women were financially crippled.

COVID-19 public gathering restrictions also played a part since the number of people patronising a particular spot had to be regulated.

For other women who live along the lake, this was a good day for business as they were spotted selling fish to their visiting colleagues.

"On Mother's Day business is always good  as we meet more people from Lilongwe, Blantyre and other places who come to celebrate at the same time they buy fish a lot," Amina Issah said.

Apart from taking mothers to the lake and other places, the day also offers an opportunity for people to buy gifts for their parent.