Best Wishes to Our Mothers
Great Mothers in Chinese History
Mother’s Day is approaching. Let’s recall the great mothers of China’s history. Confucius and Mencius, two great Chinese thinkers in the Spring and Autumn period, they both had great mothers. Let’s talk about how the mothers educated these two great thinkers.
After Confucius’ dad died when he was 3, Confucius lived with his mom with difficulties. In order to have a good educational environment for Confucius, Confucius’ mom moved their family to the capital of Lu (a state in the Spring and Autumn period), where many famous teachers were from and was the political, economical and cultural center.
When the time of sacrificial rites came, Confucius’s mom would let him attend the rites to learn the customs. So Confucius had been affected by such customs since being very young. Confucius’ mom also made him learn the manners of Zhou dynasty so that he could enter politics to help the emperor. In this way, Confucius had been taught correct manners, which were the basis of his Etiquette Teachings. For the sake of receiving a better education, his mom taught 5 students at home and Confucius had to study with them when he was 5. After the mother’s tremendous efforts, Confucius had learned all of his mother’s knowledge when he was no more than 10 years old. Then his mom closed her house school and sent him to the best school in the town, where Confucius could study poems, ancient records and history, which was an important period for Confucius, as he learned a great deal.
Confucius’ mom，who was a great mother for bringing up her son strongly and properly, died when she just under 35 years old. At the time Confucius was 17 years old.
Mencius’ mother was also a great mother in Chinese history.
One time, when Mencius was in the school, he was attracted by a sound outside and he escaped out of school. When he went back home, his mother realized he was such a naughty boy so she picked up the scissors cut the fabric that she was weaving in front of him. She taught her son: “your escaping school halfway is just like when I cut my weaving before I finish the cloth. If you want to be a useful person, you have to study persistently with undivided attention. Wasting all previous efforts is like the cut cloth, not useful anymore! ”
Through his mother’s education, Mencius progressed with determination. Whenever he encountered difficulties, he would think of his mother’s words and he would be able to overcome anything. Finally, he became a great thinker and educator in Chinese history.
Mother’s Day in China
In December, 2006, the Mother’s Day Promotion determined the 2nd of April, when Mencius born, to be the Chinese Mother’s day, and decided to hold a series of celebrations and activities on the first Chinese mother’s Day.
Chinese mother’s day is full of Chinese culture. On Mother’s day, people will give their moms flowers and cakes, or cook for them and so on. Chinese children who are well educated to respect their parents will try to cook for their mom, wash and clean up for them too, even play music and draw pictures to celebrate Mother’s Day.